The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department (OCSWMD) has announced that the next round of Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant applications are due by noon on July 11. There are limited grant funds available to Ogle County businesses, schools, churches and non-profit organizations looking to establish or improve on waste reduction and recycling programs and services. Applicants must provide a 20 percent match of the total project cost.
Those receiving grants can use the funds to help purchase waste reduction and recycling materials and equipment such as collection binds, carts, balers, and storage containers. Equipment needed to switch from disposable packaging to reusable packaging for products and supplies may also be considered. Municipalities seeking to improve curbside, business, or multifamily recycling are encouraged to apply.
Recent recipients of these grants were the Eswood School District, and the David L. Rahn Junior High School for the purchase of recycling containers for their schools; White Pines Ranch for the purchase of a water bottle filling station; and Camp Kupagani/Camp White Eagle for the purchase of recycling containers.
Those applying for grants are encouraged to find innovative ways to reduce the amount of waste that is generated and increase the amount recycled. Grants may not be used to pay for ongoing expenses such as staffing, collection and hauling costs. Priority will be given to new applicants.
Applications will be reviewed by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department and the Ogle County Board Solid Waste Committee. Grants will be evaluated on the following criteria: management ability, project quality, project impact, realistic goals and expectations, accuracy of application, education potential, use of recycled content products when available, potential for waste stream diversion, and future continuity of project.
For more information or to request an application contact the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020 or visit oglecounty.org.