Zero Waste Initiative

Zero Waste Champion: Dr. Neil Seldman

In the early 1970’s, many local governments and cities believed that only 10% of materials were capable of being recycled. Though this was the dominant belief at the time, a small group of individuals decided to sway public opinion for the good of the environment and the world. Enter Dr. Neil Seldman, one of the .. read more

On August 24th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by

Zero Waste Champion: Cynthia Coss

Cynthia Coss is working to provide waste reduction education opportunities, for residents of Athens and Hocking counties, through her current position as the Education Coordinator for the Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District (AHSWD). “I enjoy working with the public and helping to educate about what we can do to help the earth. Humans are the ones .. read more

On May 16th, 2012, posted in: Latest News, Zero Waste Initiative by

Zero Waste Champion: Sherri James of Blue Moon Bottles

Zero Waste Champion: Sherri James of Blue Moon Bottles

Sherri James began turning trash into treasure in her Athens east side neighborhood when a dinner party left her with an array of empty wine bottles and no means to recycle them. At the time, green glass was not recyclable in Athens. So, instead of tossing the glass into the trash, James decided to do .. read more

On March 14th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by

Zero Waste Champion: Ray Leard

By Cameron Waterhouse As Ray Leard enthusiastically describes his plans to open The Compost Exchange this spring next to his Purely American Foods manufacturing facility in the Bill Theisen Industrial Park, you can hear the excitement in his voice. His excitement is not derived from the many hand-crafted bean soup, chili or desert mixes that .. read more

On February 15th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by

Zero Waste Initiative Receives Litter Clean-Up Grant

The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative recently received a $2,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for planning and implementation of five spring clean-up events. The clean-ups will begin in March and go through May, and will take place within the Sunday and Monday Creek Watersheds. Joe Steinbrecher and Rose Keyes, the two .. read more

On February 15th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by

AOZWI looks to the community for recycling improvement suggestions

Members of the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) will survey recyclers, residents, and businesses to find out what recycling options they would like to see in Athens and Hocking Counties. Survey results will be used to influence the way recycling and solid waste is handled in the future. Surveying has already begun at the .. read more

On January 25th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by

Zero Waste Champion: Mary Kouba of Mrs. K’s Varieties

By Ryan Jones Mary Kouba has been on a mission for some time now: to rescue great clothing and household items from the landfill for the benefit of the community. “I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, I didn’t know you did that, I’ve just been throwing my stuff out in the trash,’” said Kouba. “And I .. read more

On January 10th, 2012, posted in: Zero Waste Initiative by