Rural Action awarded for zero waste efforts

THE PLAINS – Rural Action and the Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative (AOZWI) received the 2013 Non-Profit Organization Award from Keep Ohio Beautiful for its work with festival organizers to make several southeast Ohio festivals zero waste. The award honors nonprofit, civic, or community organizations for excellence in litter control, beautification, or recycling.

Rural Action and AOZWI have been working with event organizers by offering services ranging from general consulting to providing all of the management, equipment and resources needed to make a zero waste event.

AOZWI is looking to expand their zero waste event services to more events in southeast Ohio, most recently by working with Rootwire Festival where 77.6% percent of all waste generated during festival hours was recycled or composted. Over 3,500 pounds of recycling and 3,600 pounds of compost were saved from the landfill.

To expand its services, AOZWI recently received 40 wire frame recycling bins from the Keep America Beautiful Public Space Bin Grant program sponsored by Coca Cola. In addition to making the expansion of its zero waste services possible, the bins are also available to the community for loan. The bins made their debut at Boogie on the Bricks in July. Rural Action helped the event provide recycling for the first time in its 9 year history.

In the coming months, AOZWI will be servicing several events in Athens and Hocking Counties including the Pawpaw Festival and the Appalachian Color in the Hills Festival. For more information:?Visit, or email