“This grant program will encourage recycling by local businesses, restaurants and bars, and provide critical recycled materials to help fuel Ohio’s manufacturing industry,” said Dan Foley, president of the Montgomery County Board of County Commissioners.
The Dayton Foodbank was awarded a recycling service grant last year, which allowed the non-profit to implement a recycling program at their warehouse located in West Dayton. The new recycling program is the first of its kind for the Foodbank staff members on site.
“The Foodbank has been striving to reduce waste. From distributing good food that would otherwise be thrown away, to increasing the amount of cardboard we recycle through our bailer, we have taken incremental steps in the right direction,” said Michelle L. Riley, CEO of The Foodbank. “Thanks to the Montgomery County Solid Waste District, we recently added a recycling bin to make sure even less product goes into our local landfills. We are thankful for their help in reducing The Foodbank’s carbon footprint.”
Interior glass recycling containers will be provided at no cost to bars and restaurants, funded in part by a grant received from the Ohio EPA to help increase glass recovery and recycling. Ohio manufacturers need recycled glass to produce new glass products, such as glass bottles, tiles, countertops and fiberglass. Recycled glass costs less than raw materials by reducing energy demands. However, about 72 percent of glass containers end up in landfills instead of being recycled and reused.
“We are thrilled to partner with local waste hauling companies and the Ohio EPA to make this program a success,” Foley said.
In 2016, the District awarded 60 recycling service grants to local businesses, up from 25 grants the previous year. The District currently has $30,000 available to assist businesses with recycling in the downtown Dayton business area and Oregon District. For more information, please visit www.mcswd.org or contact (937) 225-4999.
About the Montgomery County Solid Waste District
The Montgomery County Solid Waste District is an innovative collaboration between all of the jurisdictions in Montgomery County, who came together to manage solid waste and recycling for their citizens in a responsible and environmentally-sound manner. The 28 District members include: Butler Township, City of Brookville, City of Centerville, City of Clayton, City of Dayton, City of Englewood, City of Huber Heights, City of Kettering, City of Miamisburg, City of Moraine, City of Oakwood, City of Riverside, City of Trotwood, City of Union, City of Vandalia, City of West Carrolton, Clay Township, German Township, Harrison Township, Jackson Township, Jefferson Township, Miami Township, Perry Township, Village of Farmersville, Village of Germantown, Village of New Lebanon, Village of Phillipsburg and Washington Township.
The mission of The Foodbank is to relieve hunger through the acquisition and distribution of food to hungry people throughout the Miami Valley. Food and related supplies are distributed to a network of pantries, community kitchens, shelters and other charitable programs, all of which support the health and development of food insecure individuals. Through our over 100 member agencies, The Foodbank distributed nearly 10 million pounds of food last year. There are over 127,600 food insecure individuals in our area, 39,550 of which are children.
About Montgomery County Environmental Services
Montgomery County Environmental Services provides water and water reclamation (sewer) services to 80,000 customers, and solid waste and recycling services to 525,000 citizens in Montgomery County, Ohio. The department also offers educational outreach programs for local schools, communities, and businesses that want to learn more about conservation and sustainability in the Miami Valley region. For more information, please visit http://www.mcohio.org/departments/environmental_services/ or follow us on Twitter or Facebook (@mcohioes).