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Group hopes grant will make recycling 'second nature'


A Grandview Heights school recycling committee has submitted an application seeking $10,000 in community recycling grant money from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

"We would be using the money to purchase recycling receptacles that we will be placing in all three school buildings and at (the football field)," said Nicole DeVere, who heads up the committee with Jerry Bower.

"We've done some cost estimates of the cost and quantity of receptacles we would need to place in classrooms, hallways, gymnasiums, cafeterias and at the football field," she said. "Those are our target areas."

Grandview Heights High School already has containers for recyclables in many of its classrooms due to an effort spearheaded by the school's environmental club, DeVere said.

The city of Grandview Heights has placed large bins outside of each school to make it easier for its crews to collect recyclable material, she said.

"You can put it all in there -- aluminum, glass, plastics, paper, cardboard -- so once our program is fully in place it should be quite simple to dump all the materials collected in our containers" into the larger outdoor bins, DeVere said.

The Ohio EPA grant requires a 50 percent match from the applicant, and the recycling committee has received $2,500 each from the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation and the school district to meet that requirement, she said.

A portion of the grant also would be used to fund an effort to promote recycling by students and staff in the schools, DeVere said.

"We want recycling to become something that people just do as second nature in the schools," she said.

The Ohio EPA is expected to announce its grant recipients in the spring, DeVere said.

The grant is designed to support and expand community recycling efforts, she said.

"We're very hopeful we will qualify for the grant," DeVere said. "If we do, we would be looking to get our program started at the start of the next school year."