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New Avenues awarded three grants to purchase new truck for Buckeye Industries

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Through generous grants from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), The Generation Foundation and the Business of Good Foundation, Buckeye Industries will be purchasing a new truck for pickup and delivery of recycling materials.

The Ohio EPA awarded New Avenues to Independence a Market Development Grant of $27,457.25 for the purpose of supporting recyclable material markets in the State of Ohio. The funding financially supports market development recycling projects and  develops the infrastructure for strengthening end-product markets involving targeted materials collected in Ohio, such as aluminum, paper, cardboard and plastics.

This grant is unique in that New Avenues needed a municipality to sponsor us and submit the grant on New Avenues’ behalf. The City of Eastlake, Mayor Ted Andrzejewski, did so and states, “We were proud to sponsor New Avenues to Independence. Their business enterprise, Buckeye Industries, continues to contribute to the growth of our community by employing people with disabilities and providing needed services to local businesses.”

In addition to the Ohio EPA, the Generation Foundation and the Business of Good Foundation awarded New Avenues funds to match the Ohio EPA’s portion. The Generation Foundation, a consortium of like-minded major donors, makes grants to entrepreneurial, non-profit initiatives that contribute to sustainable economic development in Northeast Ohio. It shares Cleveland's great philanthropic tradition with the next generation of men and women by including them in the work and governance of the Foundation. The Business of Good Foundation is an engaged philanthropic organization dedicated to serving those who serve the poor through hands-on capacity building efforts. Their non-profit partners build self-esteem and personal empowerment of the economically and socially disadvantaged by expanding access to education, employment and entrepreneurship.

Buckeye Industries offers employment opportunities for over 73 individuals with disabilities through five business ventures that provide polystyrene, plastic and cardboard recycling; document destruction; and outsourced production services to businesses in Northeast Ohio. The funding will be used to purchase a 2013 Ford Econoline Cargo Van E3E, E-350 Super Duty box truck to be utilized by Buckeye Industries.

New Avenues selected a natural gas truck as it will lower operational costs, and compared with conventional vehicles, natural gas vehicles produce only 5 to 10 percent of allowable emissions, which means far less greenhouse gases. Buckeye Industries currently collects five tons of polystyrene waste and 24 tons of clinical plastics per year. With the grants, New Avenues will expand its collection of polystyrene to a minimum 75 tons and plastics to a minimum of 50 tons per year.

Look for pictures of our new truck in the next newsletter and a great big thank you to the Ohio EPA, the Generation Foundation and the Business of Good Foundation!