OHIO EPA Community Recycling & Litter Prevention Program

2021 Community Recycling & Litter Prevention Grant 

Does your community want to expand or start a recycling program? Is your nonprofit looking to compost food waste? Are you looking to organize a community litter clean-up event? Ohio EPA has funds available. Local governments and nonprofits can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables and construction and demolition debris. These organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events, outreach, and education. Tire amnesty programs, with a minimum $0.50/tire collection fee, are an eligible activity for local governments. Grantees have 12 months to complete the project.

Some recently funded projects include:

  • Pike County Solid Waste Management District purchased a horizontal baler and feed conveyor for their recycling facility;
  • The Clark County Farm Bureau hosted a tire amnesty event and collected more than 80 tons of scrap tires;
  • City of New Brunswick in Medina County started a curbside recycling program by purchasing more than 7,000 recycling carts; and
  • The Foodbank of Dayton in Montgomery County installed an in-vessel organics composter to annually divert 70 tons of food waste from the landfill.


Community Recycling & Litter Prevention Grant

Informational Webinar

Presenters: Recycling & Litter Prevention Grant Program, Ohio EPA’s Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance

These webinars will highlight Ohio EPA’s 2021 Recycling & Litter Prevention Grant application process and those activities targeted by this grant program. The webinars will focus on how this competitive grant program provides opportunities for local governments, schools, businesses and nonprofit organizations to establish and implement recycling & litter prevention programs, recycling market development for manufacturers, expansion of recycling equipment and processing facilities and recycling infrastructure improvements. The deadline for this online submittal is Feb. 5, 2021, at 3:00 pm (EST).

The January 7th webinar will have the same content as the November 5th version, but it will also include any updates and feedback about the online grant application process since the grant cycle will open on November 2, 2020.


November 5, 2020 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Click here to register for the Nov. 5, 2020 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) webinar.


January 7, 2021 (10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.)

Click here to register for the Jan. 7, 2021 (10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.) webinar.


More information available online.

Governing Statute: Ohio Revised Code 3736
Eligibility: Eligible applicants include Ohio counties, municipal corporations, townships, villages, state colleges and universities, solid waste management districts or authorities, park districts, health districts, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates, boards of education and non-profit organizations.
Specifications: The Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant Program offers up to $200,000 for projects that initiate or expand recycling programs, encourage sustainable practices, and support litter prevention efforts. Local governments can receive funding to purchase equipment for the collection and processing of recyclables. Communities and non-profit organizations can also receive funding to implement litter collection events and tire amnesty programs (tire amnesty programs require a minimum $0.50 collection fee). Applications are submitted through the online Recycle Ohio Grant (ROG) system.
Application Deadline: Annually on or about February 1
Past Recipients: 2008 – Present
Contact: Katie Courtright
P.O. Box 1049
Columbus, OH 43216-1049
(614) 705-1147