The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department is announcing that the final round of Waste Reduction and Recycling Grant applications are due by noon, Thursday. Limited grant funds are available to Ogle County businesses, schools, churches and non-profit organizations wishing to establish or improve on waste reduction and recycling programs and services. Applicants must provide a 20 percent match of the total project cost.
The application for the grants is simple and flexible. Businesses could use grant funds to help purchase waste reduction and recycling materials and equipment such as collection bins, carts, balers and storage containers. Equipment needed to switch from disposable packaging to reusable packaging for products and supplies could also be considered. Municipalities seeking to improve curbside, business, or multifamily recycling are encouraged to apply.
All applications will be reviewed by the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department and the Ogle County Board Solid Waste Committee. Grants will be evaluated based 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 the project.
For more information or to request an application, please contact the Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department at 815-732-4020, or visit oglecounty.org.