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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Ohio EPA awards $250K grant for composting facility

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SPRINGFIELD, OH (APRIL 18, 2018) – The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency recently awarded a $250,000 grant to construct an odor-free composting facility in Clark County near downtown Springfield.

Clark County Commissioners accepted the grant at its meeting today, April 18. The Clark County Solid Waste District will administer the program for the Ohio EPA, Director Chuck Bauer said.

“We’re supportive of the project and its mission,” Bauer said. “It’s great to have something here in our county that other counties don’t have. It aligns with our goals to keep waste out of landfills.”

The business – owned by Springfield resident David Andre – will turn food waste from homes and medium-sized businesses, such as restaurants, hospitals and schools into compost at its proposed site at 256 Linden Ave.
The $500,000 enclosed facility, known as The Central Springfield Compostery of Clark County, Ohio, will be made up of 40-foot composting drums that can compost food waste with no smell. Materials are processed and the remaining air is forced through a bio-filter and placed under ventilation to capture any odors. The equipment will allow the business to handle materials others cannot, such as meat, dairy, bones and compostable plastics. It will likely open by spring of 2019.

“I’m excited about being in Springfield and Clark County,” Andre said. “The community has been amazing so far. We hope to be a bright spot for the neighborhood.”

About 22 percent of what goes into a landfill is food waste and about 71 percent of that food could be composted, according to recent studies by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Department of Agriculture.

Andre owns two other businesses, GoZero Food Waste Compost Courier and Econopia. The courier service picks up waste from businesses in Columbus, Cincinnati and Dayton. Econopia is the composting arm of the operation, selling the composted materials back to farmers and community gardens.

Go Zero and the Clark County Solid Waste District co-hosted a presentation of the movie “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” at the Springfield City Hall forum in February.

“We’re committed to educating the public about diverting solid waste from landfills,” Bauer said

For more information about the facility, log on to gozero.org. For more information about local recycling, log on to 32trash.org.

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Contact:

Clark County | Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031