SWACO grant to help New Albany implement single-stream recycling

The City of New Albany is improving its in-house recycling program, thanks to a $13,042 grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

The money will be used to support the implementation of single-stream recycling in buildings across the city.

The money will help the city pay to expand recycling among staff and visitors to three city buildings, including utilities, city hall and the police department, said Hanna Greer-Brown, spokeswoman for SWAC.

A recycling program is in place at some locations, but the city has expressed interest in expanding its recycling program as included in the recently completed strategic plan, Greer-Brown said.

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“SWACO’s grant funding will help create a more comprehensive program and utilize recycling best practices that help create a cleaner stream of recyclables and build confidence among program users about what is accepted,” she said.

The city was one of eight public and private organizations to receive money from the Community Waste Reduction Grants, a competitive program open to all government entities, such as parks, cities, townships and villages. , schools, other public sectors and non-profit organizations. , according to the SWACO website.

Proposed projects and programs must meet the waste reduction, diversion and recycling needs of central Ohio; focus on building partnerships and collaboration; and seize opportunities to leverage the waste stream to benefit the community, according to the website.

In related news, New Albany has created a food waste composting program for residents that should be up and running by May.

All Saints Episcopal Church in New Albany received a $1,784 grant to help set up the residential food waste drop-off location.

“SWACO has been a community partner for decades, and these grants will help us achieve their goal of keeping at least 75% of materials that could be recycled out of the central Ohio waste stream,” said Scott McAfee, director communications and marketing. for New Albany.

“Part of the grant will be used to educate our staff on the right ways to recycle; and convenient recycling bins will be placed in every building across the city to make recycling even easier,” McAfee said.