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Ohio EPA and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board Announce New Partnership for Ohio Recycles Day
Statehouse Recycles Day Held on 151st Statehouse Anniversary
Ohio EPA and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) today announced a new partnership to expand the recycling programs at the Ohio Statehouse. In recognition of America Recycles Day, Governor Kasich declared November 15 to be Ohio Recycles Day and Statehouse Recycles Day.
Ohio EPA will provide a special assistance grant to the CSRAB to develop a more comprehensive recycling program that will allow expanded locations and materials recycled at “The People’s House.” The grant will cover the cost of a cardboard baler, recycling containers for food waste; indoor and outdoor permanent and special event recycling containers and the development of educational materials to promote the importance of recycling at the Statehouse. It will take about a year to fully implement the program.
Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally said, “This is a great partnership opportunity for Ohio EPA and the CSRAB to work together to bring important services to the Statehouse and the people of Ohio. I cannot think of a better way to promote recycling education and awareness than on Ohio Recycles Day at “The People’s House.”
“The Ohio Statehouse is proud to partner with the Ohio EPA in order to enhance its recycling program on Capitol Square,” said William E. Carleton CSRAB Executive Director. “Visited by more than 500,000 individuals annually, we believe that our Statehouse can become a leader for the city of Columbus, and all of Ohio, with the example it sets through our recycling efforts.”
Ohio Recycles Day is an opportunity for all Ohioans to find new ways to recycle at home or in the community. Ohio EPA is working to develop solid recycling markets for many commodities to allow them to be processed and reused more often. Citizens can contribute to this process by separating recyclables but also need to finish the process by purchasing items made from recycled material. This is one of the most meaningful ways individuals can become good environmental stewards.
The value lost by discarding packaging rather than recycling is estimated to be $11.4 billion nationally, and a glass container can go from a recycling bin to a store shelf in as few as 30 days. Recycling adds more needed jobs with increased participation. Ohio’s recycling rate is 25 percent while the national rate is 34 percent. By increasing levels to 75 percent waste recycled, as many as 1.5 million jobs could be created.
The event media packet can be found online.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.