Current Projects and Resources Leadership Service Members Partners and Sponsors

Rural Action’s Zero Waste program promotes the development of a zero-waste economy. In a zero-waste economy, product development prioritizes conservation of natural resources, product design incorporates ways to facilitate and encourage post-consumer 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 waste reduction & recycling, waste assessments of businesses, schools and organizations, zero waste events, social entrepreneurship, and the implementation of the Athens-Hocking Zero Waste Action Plan.

Whether you’re planning a family reunion or a major business meeting, Rural Action’s Zero Waste program is here to support and educate you. Reuse. Recycle. Compost. Repair. Let us help you minimize your impact on the planet.

Current Projects and Resources

The Zero Waste Pledge

Rural Action’s Zero Waste Pledge program encourages local organizations to strive for zero waste. We help businesses, schools, and organizations achieve their goals by working one-on-one with them to identify waste that is being produced and ways to reduce it.

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Taking the Zero Waste Pledge shows that an establishment, be it a business, a school, or an organization, is committed to using natural resources wisely, increasing its environmental consciousness, and supporting the local economy through improvement in waste reduction, reuse, recycling, and composting.

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Zero Waste Events & Guide

Everyone is talking about Zero Waste. Here’s your chance to do something about it. This event guide is a resource for organizations or individuals planning any event: from a small family get together to a festival or conference. The goal of this guide is to help you reduce environmental impact, increase cost-effectiveness, and raise awareness about waste reduction.

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Reusable Dishware

In an effort to help reduce waste, Rural Action will loan organizations and individuals plastic reusable plates, bowls, and cups, a full set of cutlery and three washtub bins. This service is free. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in making sure that all items borrowed are returned clean, sanitized, and in perfect working condition.

Reserve Dishware

Zero Waste Event Productions

Zero Waste Event Productions began as an initiative in the Zero Waste program and now is a standalone social enterprise that helped 40 festivals in 11 states divert more than 58 tons of material diverted from landfills in 2019. And they’re just getting started!

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Zero Waste Action Plan

The Zero Waste Action Plan for Athens and Hocking Counties aims to provide a unified vision and path for a robust waste management system that will enable Athens and Hocking counties to work towards becoming a zero-waste economy.


Leadership


National Service Members

Each year, Rural Action mobilizes more than 35 energetic and passionate people across the region to help small communities do big things through our Leadership Development and Service program. Our National Service members serve in communities through a yearlong commitment as part of our Appalachian Ohio Restore Corps, an AmeriCorps State/National program administered by Rural Action, or our through our AmeriCorps VISTA program, Rural Renewal. See members who are currently serving with Rural Action here or learn more about how we are growing local leaders here.


Partners and Sponsors

Athens County Foundation
Wayne National Forest
The Sugar Bush Foundation
ServeOhio
Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
Athens-Hocking Recycling Centers
AmeriCorps

Whether you’re planning a family reunion or a major business meeting, Rural Action’s Zero Waste program is here to support and educate you. Reuse. Recycle. Compost. Repair. Let us help you minimize your impact on the planet.