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grants will be awarded on a competitive basis in amounts from $100 to $2,000, in three rounds or until funds are depleted. The deadline for submittal of applications for the first round of grants is 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. The application for the grants is simple and flexible.   Businesses could use grant funds to help purchase waste reduction and recycling materials and equipment such as collection bins, carts, balers, and storage containers.   Equipment needed to switch from disposable packaging to reusable

packaging for products and supplies could also be considered. Businesses are encouraged to consider projects to reduce food waste or implement food waste recycling programs.  Schools may seek funds for special projects that will further a student’s understanding of how to reduce the amount of trash sent to the landfill.   The requests may be for materials and equipment, such as recycling bins or carts, videos, books, worm (vermicomposting) bins, composters, or other waste reduction equipment. Municipalities seeking to improve

commercial, curbside, or multifamily recycling programs are encouraged to apply. Grant applications for equipment and materials needed to improve electronics recycling options in Ogle County are also encouraged since most electronics have been banned from landfills since January of 2012. These examples are not all inclusive and applicants are encouraged to find innovative ways to reduce waste and increase what is recycled.  The grants may not be used to pay for ongoing expenses such as staffing, collection, and hauling costs. Priority given to new applicants. 

• BYRON LIBRARY

romance novel, described as “when naïve, humble and beautiful meets arrogant, brash and handsome.”

Library Dance Party Monday, Feb. 11, 10 to 10:45 a.m. Ages: 18 months-5 years, with caregiver Join us for a monthly music and movement program. Explore new music and move wit shakers, scarves, and ribbon wands.

Enhance Memory and Thinking Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Are you headstrong about keeping your head strong? Challenging the brain with puzzles and games can be very beneficial, especially as we grow older.  Please register for all programs by calling 815-234-5107.

Continued from Page 11 Soon to Be Famous Author Project, awarded and judged by librarians. Prior to the presentation, checkout a copy of her book at the library or read it digitally – available for free on Biblioboard.   Join Heather in a discussion of her

Sweet Treats Friday, Feb. 8 10 to 11 a.m. – ages 5-9 years 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. – ages 10-14 years Create and decorate Valentine themed treats.

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• Friday, February 1, 2019

The Ogle County Solid Waste Management Department announced last week that limited funds are again available for Waste Reduction and Recycling Grants for the 2019 fiscal year. The grants of up to $2,000 are available to Ogle County businesses, schools, churches, and non-profit organizations wishing to establish or improve on waste reduction and recycling programs and services.   Applicants must provide a minimum 20 percent match of the total project cost. Because total grant funds available this year are limited to $6,000,

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Recycling grants available to businesses, organizations

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