Ohio's Recycling and Litter Prevention Partners

We are fortunate to have many partners in our efforts to reduce waste, stop littering and increase recycling. Thank you to all those listed here, as well as each of you who are working to ensure Ohio's cleaner, brighter future.

Cincinnati Bengals - Stadium Recycling

The Cincinnati Bengals have expanded their recycling program into the “Jungle Zone” during all home games inside of Paul Brown Stadium, in addition to the six tailgating parking lots. This provides recycling information to nearly 65,000 Bengal fans at home games, implementing a recycling awareness campaign involving an identified recycling message “Bengals First & Green.” The recycling theme will be portrayed on an exterior LED Marquee Board, all recycling containers used in and around Paul Brown Stadium, radio announcements and video board message (Trash Talk) at every regular season home game. 

Cleveland Browns - Stadium Recycling and Composting

The Cleveland Browns expanded their recycling collection and education/awareness program at the Cleveland Browns Stadium. Programming includes recycling in and around the stadium, composting in food service areas and grass clippings from field.

Keep Ohio Beautiful

Keep Ohio Beautiful coordinated a series of regional Environmental Law Enforcement workshops in cooperation with law enforcement agencies, prosecutors, sanitarians, solid waste districts, Keep Ohio Beautiful affiliates and judges. The workshops include enforcement, ordinances, prosecuting and proactive measures in the areas of littering, meth lab identifications, illegal dumping, salvaging and scrap tire dumps. Five workshops in 2012 reached over 200 participants. Five additional workshops were held in 2013 with an emphasis on rural areas.

Ohio By-Product Synergy Network (Ohio BPS)

The Ohio By-Product Synergy (BPS) Network was launched in October 2009 to help businesses convert wastes into profits while creating environmental and economic benefits for communities in the region. The BPS Network is led by Sustainable Ohio, in collaboration with the Center for Resilience at The Ohio State University, the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) and other Ohio organizations. Other BPS networks have developed in Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Mobile, New England, New Orleans and Puget Sound Region.

By-Product Synergy (BPS) is defined as the practice of matching under-valued waste or by-product streams with potential users, helping to create new sources of revenue or savings for the organizations involved while simultaneously reducing environmental burdens. BPS is related to other concepts including industrial ecology, industrial symbiosis and cradle-to-cradle manufacturing.

Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Akron Zoo

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium converted its dining waste to biodegradable and compostable materials. This project takes food waste and all associated dining ware waste (cups, plates, utensils, packaging, etc.) from the food court area of the zoo and diverts all of this combined material into a licensed food waste composting facility.

To accomplish this, the zoo will switch its current non-biodegradable plastic tableware to highly degradable plastics made from corn, sugar cane, potato starch and similar organic materials. This diverts waste from the landfill as well as composting. The Akron Zoo has initiated a composting program with the goal of Zero Waste. This program includes compostable food packaging/presentation and composting animal waste. Additionally the Akron Zoo is trying to educate staff, volunteers and vendors about changing behavior and only bringing in items to the zoo that fit the composting program.

Noble Prison - Food Waste Diversion

The Noble Prison Food Waste Diversion project is a joint venture between the South Eastern Ohio Joint Solid Waste Management District, the State of Ohio and Noble Correctional Institution/Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction designed to remove 676 tons of food waste disposal from landfills to composting.

The systems and concepts are the first of its type or of this magnitude in a correctional facility in the State of Ohio. No other project of this type is known to exist in in a correctional facility in the United States. As an added benefit from this project, the institution will begin a training program for inmates that will include training inmates to operate equipment and work with finished compost products for vegetable growing and landscaping.

Ohio Grocers Association - Food Waste Recovery Networks

The Ohio Grocers Foundation (OGF) and the State of Ohio have been working together over the past several years to encourage food generating businesses to divert food scraps from landfills by utilizing composting facilities or anaerobic digesters. The objective of the Ohio Food Scrap Recovery Network is to implement a managed supply chain concept by which food scrap generators (grocery stores, restaurants, schools, hospitals and other high food scrap generators) can form a network to create route density for cost-effective food scrap recycling. Meetings have been hosted in Akron, Columbus, Cincinnati and Bellefontaine for stakeholders for the purpose of collection and dissemination of information

Marion County - Bar and Restaurant Recycling

Marion County Recycling and Litter Prevention instituted a bar and restaurant recycling initiative to remove glass from the waste stream and recycle it in a special collection. Glass recycling is coordinated throughout the city be using special toters and dumpsters for the sole purpose of collecting glass. This program removes approximately 2.5 tons of glass per week.

This program has become known as “Glass Act” and is part of a marketing campaign to support the effort. Hamilton County Solid Waste District has also expanded their “Recycling at Work” program to include glass collection from bars and restaurants. Staff offers technical advice and troubleshooting to develop sustainable glass recycling plans. A large part of their program was to provide appropriate containers to fit behind the small bar areas to collect the glass and marketing materials, including signs that read "We Recycle Here!"

Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board - Statehouse Recycling

Ohio EPA and the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board (CSRAB) have partnered to expand the recycling programs at the Ohio Statehouse. Ohio EPA will provide a grant 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. More than 500,000 individuals visit the statehouse annually.