State Rep. John Boccieri (D-Poland) today announced that the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) has awarded Boardman Glenwood Junior High School $16,053 to help implement a program to help students reduce cafeteria waste. The grant award will fund an EarthTub composting system that is predicted to decrease the school’s waste by as much as 35 percent.

“I congratulate Glenwood for being selected for this grant, which will not only contribute to a cleaner community, but will allow students to practice environmentally friendly habits and learn how to reduce waste,” said Boccieri.

The school plans to use the resulting compost in science classes to draw a connection between the practice of composting and issues facing the local park’s lakes.

The award was a part of seven distributed statewide by OEPA, totaling $247,874. The agency makes funding available every year for environmental groups, schools, businesses, trade associations and local governments that are looking to execute environmental education projects for schools, communities and the general public. The next round for 2017 funding opens January 9 and ends January 17.

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