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Posted on: February 8, 2024

City of Gahanna Awarded Funds to Improve and Promote Recycling

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The City of Gahanna is taking another step toward sustainable living as it proudly announces that it was awarded $35,000 in grant funds through the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio’s (SWACO’s) 2024 Community Waste Reduction Grant (CWR Grant) program.

Funds from the CWR Grant will be used to improve and further enhance the City’s recycling initiatives. This initially includes the purchase of approximately 30 recycling containers that will be placed throughout the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area (CORA) in the Creekside District, as well as the purchase of a double smart waste and recycling station for both trash and recyclable products. Funds will also be used to develop container messaging that educates the public on what products can be recycled and ways to reduce the waste that goes to the landfill. Any remaining grant funds will be used to purchase additional containers that will be strategically placed in the community’s parks and greenspaces. 

“The City of Gahanna has a longstanding partnership with SWACO, which, in part, has been built from our residents’ strong history of embracing recycling efforts,” said Mayor Laurie Jadwin.  “This grant will enable us to expand our waste reduction initiatives even further within the community, as we continue to take strategic strides in pursuing a sustainable community. We are grateful to our partners at SWACO for supporting our efforts and look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with them to make positive impacts on our environment.” 

“We applaud the work Mayor Jadwin and the City of Gahanna are doing to foster a thriving, robust and sustainable community for the residents, families, businesses and schools which reside there,” said Joe Lombardi, SWACO’s Executive Director. “SWACO is pleased to be able to support the City’s efforts to improve recycling in the Creekside Outdoor Refreshment Area and to help eliminate thousands of plastic cups being sent to the landfill every year.” 

Gahanna was one of six Central Ohio cities and organizations to receive funds from the CWR Grant. Since 2016, SWACO has awarded more than a million dollars through its CWR Grant program to assist local public-sector and non-profit organizations with projects that address unique waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting needs and which ultimately support SWACO’s mission to reduce reliance on the Franklin County Sanitary Landfill. Today, Franklin County’s diversion rate stands at 54%, an all-time high for the Solid Waste District.

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