The Zero Waste Program promotes the development of a zero waste economy. In a zero waste economy, product development conserves natural resources, product design leads to reuse, repair, recycling or composting, and all discards become assets that benefit the people, the planet and the local economy. We support this ideal through general education about recycling, waste assessment of homes and businesses, dumpsite clean-ups, zero waste events, and the implementation of the Athens Hocking Zero Waste Action Plan.
Rural Action also coordinates the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. The AOZWI is funded by the Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation.