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Helping communities and businesses access compliance, technical and financial assistance for their environmental needs.

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.

Ohio EPA Recognizes Environmental Excellence in Ohio Communities and Public Entities

Many Ohio communities know Ohio EPA recognizes manufacturing businesses for environmental excellence with the Encouraging Environmental Excellence Program (E3) program, but may not realize their day-to-day operations are also eligible for recognition.

Scotts Miracle‐Gro, Marysville Plant — Encouraging Environmental Excellence (E3) Gold Award Winner Case Study

Scotts Miracle-Gro, Marysville plant (SMG-Marysville) manufactures, packages, distributes and markets consumer lawn and garden products.

Reducing Food Waste Through Donation

According to a 2012 report published by the Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 percent of the food produced in the United States is never eaten.

What is Sustainability?

You might hear this term a lot these days, but what does it mean?