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Life Cycle Assessment – A Tool to Improve Your Environmental Impacts

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a tool to assign a value to the environmental impact of a product, process or activity through its entire life cycle. Organizations can use it to help label their products or services and educate consumers about their environmental impacts. LCA can also help organizations strategically plan and design products with less environmental impact.

Dayton Expands Lime Reclamation Facility

The City of Dayton is investing more than $9 million to expand its lime reclamation facility. The city received a $250,000 grant from Ohio EPA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention program that was used to purchase high-volume pumps needed for the expansion. Dayton’s investment (primarily capital improvement funds) is intended to be offset by increased lime sales to external customers and the payback period for the expansion project is expected to be around 10 years.

Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner — MillerCoors, Trenton

The MillerCoors brewery in Trenton was awarded the E3 Gold Award in May 2017. It brews up to 11 million barrels of beer a year with 510 employees. It is the second largest facility out of seven MillerCoors breweries, and produces Miller Lite, Coors Light, Miller High Life and Third Shift among other products. The brewery has not sent garbage to a landfill since 2009. It is located on 1,100 acres — including 2.5 acres of wetlands, more than 30 acres of managed prairie grass and more than 500 acres used by local farmers.

Ohio Hospitals Case Study — Achievement Level

In 2001, Ohio EPA’s Office of Compliance Assistance and Pollution Prevention (OCAPP) and the Ohio Hospital Association (OHA) partnered to eliminate mercury from Ohio hospitals. Since then, OCAPP has continued to participate on the OHA Environmental Leadership Council, providing updates on regulations and assisting with OHA’s Pollution Prevention University. OCAPP also helps evaluate potential recipients of OHA’s Melvin Creeley Award which recognizes hospitals for promoting sound practices through environmental stewardship.

Promoting Recycling at Venues and Events

Managing waste materials at events is challenging because of the large amounts generated in a short period of time. Also, these events are often away from the home office or the operating base of the organizers. Still, with proper planning and resources, most events can set and reach zero waste goals. The Zero Waste International Alliance defines zero waste as a goal to guide people in changing their lifestyles and practices to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are designed to become resources for future use.

Ohio EPA’s Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM)

In April 2017, Ohio EPA launched the Ohio Materials Marketplace (OMM), a significant step to shift Ohio from a “take, use and dispose” model to one emphasizing recycling, remanufacturing, reuse and maintenance. OMM’s free online materials and waste exchange encourages a dialog between members and provides a forum where they can connect and find reuse and recycling solutions for waste and by-products.

Ohio EPA Launches the Ohio Materials Marketplace - Supporting the New Circular Economy

In a circular economy, all products and by-products recirculate. Over the next few decades, moving to a circular economy will dramatically transform our manufacturing and recycling industries. This contrasts with the past take, make and dispose economy. The new circular economy is attractive to everyone - including private, non-profit and government institutions - because of the combined economic and environmental benefits. Materials will continue to flow in the economy through recycling, remanufacturing, reuse and maintenance. For state policy makers, the question is how can agencies support this change in the material economy, and what programs can accelerate this transition? To help, Ohio EPA is embracing recent advances in software and implementing the Ohio Materials Marketplace, an online platform for companies to post available waste and by product materials that other companies may re-use in their production process.

Start and Build a Sustainability Program

There are many ways to build a sustainability program. Each organization needs to find the path that works for them, but here are some common themes your program can follow.

Save Money and Reduce Waste: Pollution Prevention for Metal Finishing

High disposal fees and raw material costs can be a financial drain on your metal finishing operation. To remain competitive and go beyond compliance, pollution prevention (P2) can be the easiest and best management choice for reducing these costs and waste issues.

Surface Water Tracking, Reporting and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS)

In July 2016 through the Agency’s eBusiness Center (eBiz), Ohio EPA’s Division of Surface Water began providing online options to submit National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit applications, permit modifications and other reports. The Surface Water Tracking, Reporting and Electronic Application Management System (STREAMS) has 17 Notice-of-Intent (NOI) electronic applications for coverage under a master general permit and additional electronic forms for general permit-specific co-permittee and individual construction lot coverage.