November 9, 2023
The Richmond Sanitary District (RSD) has been awarded a $14,405 grant from the Wayne County Foundation to conduct a detailed recycling and waste assessment for Richmond and surrounding communities. This grant, which was made possible by the Unrestricted Fund for Wayne County and the Charles and Maxine Matthews Environmental and Animal Welfare Fund, will empower RSD to build critical skills to expand environmentally and economically sustainable waste management services across Wayne County.
As the only local Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the county, RSD currently lacks sufficient data to fully evaluate recyclables and waste delivered to the New Paris Pike Landfill. This grant will enable RSD to conduct a comprehensive audit to gather baseline metrics on current recycling and disposal behaviors.
With data-driven insights from the audit, RSD can develop targeted strategies to reduce landfill tonnage, earn income from selling recyclables, extend the landfill's lifetime, and curb costs for local taxpayers. The assessment will also help RSD establish benchmarks to quantify the success of future educational campaigns and programming in diverting waste and improving recycling habits countywide.
Richmond Sanitary District is thankful for the Wayne County Foundation's generous support, made possible by the Unrestricted Fund for Wayne County and the Charles and Maxine Matthews Environmental and Animal Welfare Fund. This grant will empower RSD with the tools and knowledge to advance its mission of sustainable waste management for the benefit of all Wayne County residents.
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