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2016 State Fair Recycling Initiative

  • On  September 30, 2016 in |
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Ohio EPA Director Butler at the 2016 Ohio State Fair. Also in the picture from Ohio EPA are Heidi Griesmer, Greg Vergamini, Chet Chaney and Danielle Giannantonio (clockwise from lower left).

Recycling opportunities at the Ohio State Fair expanded this summer thanks to an initiative by Ohio EPA and the Ohio Exposition Commission. Through DEFA’s Recycling and Litter Prevention Grant program, Ohio EPA provided funding for 10 Bigbelly recycling containers and the commission is purchasing 10 more units.

  • The commission’s facilities in Columbus, Ohio encompass 360 acres. In addition to hosting the Ohio State Fair, which draws an attendance of close to one million every year, it’s also home to 175 other events throughout the remainder of the year.
  • The new recycling units at the state fairgrounds have built-in solar powered compactors, which triples the collection capacity of the bin. The bins are also equipped with a data collection system that records how much material is being collected. 

Thanks to these features, collection routes can be quickly changed to maximize effectiveness. Real-time data like material levels, diversion and historical analysis reports can be accessed by computer or cell phone. The stations offer recycling education and awareness messaging related to good environmental stewardship practices, targeting positive changes in recycling habits.

If you have questions about this project, please email Chet Chaney at or call (614) 728-0043.