COLUMBUS, OH - The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today announced a total of $390,235 in grants to 15 public colleges and universities across the state to expand recycling and waste reduction efforts on their campuses.
The grants range from $5,833 to $50,000, depending on the type of project funded and the grant amount requested. Institutions receiving grants will expand existing recycling programs, as well as initiate new ones. Many of the programs are innovative and virtually all involve increased education and awareness of the need for material conservation and waste reduction.
Funding for the grants comes from disposal fees on construction and demolition debris. A cash match of 50 percent is required of the institution receiving the grant.
The 2008 College and University Recycling and Waste Reduction Program grant recipients are listed below by region:
The Central Ohio Technical College in Licking County received $16,224 to expand campus-wide recycling. Recycling will also be established at a newly constructed campus building that promises to generate a high amount of recyclable material. An estimated 16 tons of recyclables will be collected.
Columbus State Community College in Franklin County received $18,000 to establish logistics for recycling all construction and demolition debris from two campus building projects. The money will also fund a campus-wide waste stream audit. At least 96 tons of materials are expected to be recycled.
Jefferson Community College in Jefferson County received $12,883 to purchase recycling containers and equipment to expand its current program. The college will purchase a recycling trailer to transport materials. Paper will be marketed to a Recycling Market Development grantee. At least 22 tons of material will be recycled.
Kent State University Campus - East Liverpool in Columbiana County received $10,000 to establish recycling programs on the Kent State campuses in East Liverpool and Salem. The money will purchase numerous recycling containers and fund an education program for both students and faculty. An estimated 33 tons of materials are expected to be collected.
Kent State University - Tuscarawas in Tuscarawas County received $5,833 to expand current recycling by purchasing bins and storage buildings to hold materials for pick up. Students in Ecology classes will audit the waste generated at the school to determine the amount of waste material that has market value and to make improvements to the waste recovery program. This expansion will allow for the recycling of an additional 28 tons of materials.
Cuyahoga Community College in Cuyahoga County received $50,000 to expand recycling efforts by purchasing recycling containers for three main campus locations and the District Administration Building. About 20 tons of materials will be recycled.
Kent State University in Portage County received $10,000 to improve an existing recycling program and conduct a waste audit. The amount of recycled materials has leveled off over the last five years on campus and administrators believe that a waste audit will identify additional materials that can be recycled.
Bowling Green State University in Wood County received $50,000 to purchase equipment for processing 3,000 gallons of waste cooking oil generated from campus eateries to be used in lawn mowers. The lawn mowers will be modified to operate on this recycled fuel.
Northwest State Community College in Henry County received $50,000 to purchase plastic processing equipment for its Polymer Engineering Department. Plastic beverage containers generated on campus will be processed and made into items that promote recycling, polymer technology and the college.
The University of Toledo in Lucas County received $41,782 to establish recycling at its new Health Science Campus. The money will fund a recycling vehicle, containers and a waste audit. Approximately 30 tons of recyclables will be collected.
Shawnee State University in Scioto County received $14,255 to expand current recycling efforts that began in 2007. The money will purchase numerous recycling containers and pay for a contracted recycling service. One hundred additional tons of recycled materials will be collected and sold.
Central State University in Greene County received $24,000 to increase campus-wide recycling by conducting a waste audit, providing recycling containers and a recycling education and awareness campaign. A conservative estimate of four tons of materials will be collected.
Cincinnati State Technical and Community College in Hamilton County received $45,831 to expand campus-wide recycling of paper, plastic, cardboard and aluminum cans. Recycling containers and signs will be purchased for 28 locations. In addition, the money will fund a waste audit of electronics to determine the volume that is disposed of on campus.
Miami University in Butler County received $14,760 to expand campus-wide recycling. Sixty-three buildings are targeted. The money will fund a waste audit to evaluate the effectiveness of the recycling program and make improvements where needed. Eighteen additional tons of materials are expected to be recycled.
Sinclair Community College in Montgomery County received $26,667 to process 500 gallons of waste cooking oil generated by campus eateries into fuel for lawn mowers. The mowers will be modified to run on this recycled fuel. The college will also conduct a waste audit and purchase recycling software to manage deconstruction and recycling efforts. Twenty-five tons of carpet will be recycled, in addition to other construction and demolition debris waste.
For Additional Information, Contact:
John Duffey, ODNR Recycling & Litter Prevention (614) 265-6384
Jane Beathard, ODNR Media Relations (614) 265-6860