Zero Waste Program Publications & Resources

Our Publications


Zero Waste Action Plan

Moving the Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District forward into a zero waste economy.

   (Quick Overview)                     (Summary Version)                      (Full Length Version)

                              (Notes and Recap of the Zero Waste Celebration)


Final Report: Secondary Material Industries in Southeast Ohio

Businesses and industries in 25 Appalachian Ohio counties that are using a recycled material as a raw feedstock. Prepared by Resource Recycling, Commissioned by Rural Action & Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth

event guide

Zero Waste Event Guide

A do-it-yourself guide to organizing your own zero waste event! Use our customizable signs for your event or office!

(Single Stream)                   (Source Separated)                    (Compost)




School Recycling Toolkit

A composition of tools and information to help schools ease into a recycling program.

(Tips to Increase Recycling Participation and Learning)
(Rural Action Zero Waste Classroom Lessons)
(Materials Accepted by the Athens-Hocking Recycling Center)
(Journey of Your Recyclables)
(Zero Waste Lunch Guide)
(Recycling Signs)

feasibility study
Feasibility Study: Options for Improved Recycling in Athens & Hocking Counties

An examination of the needed conditions for establishing a Materials Recover Facility in Athens-Hocking Solid Waste district to benefit the local economy and environment.

(Appendix A — Residential Survey Results)
(Appendix B — Summary-of-Findings: Community Recycling Forums in Athens & Hocking Counties)
(Appendix C — Case Studies of Select Rural Ohio Recycling Programs)
(Appendix D — MRF Feasibility Study)
(Appendix E — Memorandum of Understanding)


Map of Illegal Dump Sites in Monday & Sunday Creek Watersheds

Map of illegal dump sites in the Southeast Ohio region. We currently have the map and data for those sites in the Monday and Sunday Creek Watersheds available to download. These include Perry, Athens, Hocking, and Morgan Counties.

Database of Dump Site Attributes

Rental of Litter Cleanup Tools

The AOZWI has leather gloves, plastic bins, and orange safety vests available to be borrowed for litter and dumpsite cleanups in the region. Please contact Shannon Pratt-Harrington at for more information.

The Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District also has pick-up sticks, litter grabbers, and road signs that can be borrowed for a cleanup. Please contact the District at (740) 797-4208 to check availability of these items.