Waste Matters             March 2018

The Last Straw: Casa Switches Straw Policy and Ups Compost

Casa Nueva, a worker-owned restaurant specializing in local food, music, art, and drink has taken the Zero Waste Pledge, committing to three steps they can take to divert more waste from the landfill.

To meet their Zero Waste Pledge goals, Casa will be switching to compostable straws, and only handing them out by request! According to Ecocycle.org, "over 500 million straws are used in America every day, and many of them end their extremely long lifecycle in the ocean". As an item of convenience for the vast majority of us, refusing the single-use plastic straw is an easy and simple way for everyone to take action today to address plastic pollution.

Likewise, Casa will be expanding their composting capacity as a whole, with more buckets and pick-up days from Athens Hocking Recycling Center (AHRC). Along with their increase in compost collection, employees will be trained by Rural Action, about proper composting and recycling practices as part of the pledge program.

"Now that we've begun composting everything we can, there's hardly any trash anymore. Between food, paper towels, napkins and straws, we've gone from 3 full trash cans a week down to 1!" Grace Corbin, Marketing Coordinator at Casa Nueva.

The Zero Waste Pledge project creates solutions unique to your organization to reduce your trash and your carbon footprints. If your business is interested in taking the pledge, please contact zerowaste@ruralaction.org.

If your business is interested in AHRC's compost program, please call (740)594-5312.
Now Recruiting! Two AmeriCorps Positions Open
The Zero Waste Program is now recruiting for two exciting AmeriCorps positions!  Spend your next year with Rural Action helping local businesses reduce their waste and partnering with events to help them reach zero waste.  Both positions provide a unique opportunity to develop professional relationships and get a personal, hands-on experience helping Appalachia strive towards zero waste.
These zero waste positions are two of 31 Ohio Stream Restore Corps (OSRC) positions available spanning across watershed restoration, environmental education, trail maintenance, ecotourism, and more.With this opportunity you will receive all of the benefits of the AmeriCorps program, including an annual living allowance of $13,732 and an education award totaling $5,920. 
Apply by April 1 for full consideration, but applications accepted through June 1.
Position starts Aug 15, 2018.
Email Andrea@ruralaction.org to learn more about the Zero Waste Program positions and Shannon@ruralaction.org to learn about other available OSRC positions.

Solid Waste District Plan Open for Public Comment
The Athens-Hocking County Solid Waste District is updating its Solid Waste Management Plan, which will guide the District's actions to divert waste from landfills in Athens and Hocking Counties for the next 5 years. The community has the opportunity to make public comments until April 1st, 2018. 
Share your opinion on the draft plan by sending written comments to Mr. Roger Bail, Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District, P.O. Box 693, Athens, Ohio 45701.

Alternatively, you can make public comments in person on:
Monday, 4/2/2018 at 7:00PM
Athens Public Library
Tuesday, 4/3/2018 at 7:00PM
Logan-Hocking Public Library

Upcoming Vermicomposting Workshop with Community Food Initiatives
Mark your calendars for the Backyard Bin and Vermicomposting Workshop led by CFI and Rural Action's very own Laura Diaco!  This hands-on event will be held at the East Side Community Gardens on March 27th.

We will be teaching basic composting principles, sharing different composting systems for your backyard and providing tips and tricks on how to maintain optimal compost health.  The second half of the workshop will focus on vermicomposting--including caring for a household worm habitat.

This workshop is free for CFI members, $5 for non-members.

Dress for the weather and  register here .

In Case You Missed It

It's been a while since we've sent an e-newsletter.  So, in case you missed them, here are a few news articles about some of the really amazing work our partners have been up to with a little support from us.

Athens Middle School Still Top Dog in Recycling Challenge - Athens News - 1.2.18

Students Lead Recycling Effort at Huntington, Adena
Student and member of the Youth Climate Action Team at Adena, John Hutson, had the following to say about Rural Action and his school.

"They encouraged us because we were learning so much about climate change, to bring something back to our school to try and make our own impact," he said. "They had certain examples like a trash audit, energy audit, certain things like that. We wanted to make a program that wouldn't be just a one-time thing."

This quote was excerpted from the Chillicothe Gazette. 

Zero Waste Pledge Program Signs On New Members

We are pleased to announce five local organizations that have taken the Zero Waste Pledge and are committed to reducing waste for a healthy environment, a healthy economy, and healthy lives.  If your business is interested in taking the pledge, please contact zerowaste@ruralaction.org  or call at  (740) 677-4047 .  To see what these businesses and organizations have pledged, visit our website .

Rural Action Zero Waste Program Staff
Kuhre Center for Rural Renewal
9030 Hocking Hills Drive
The Plains, OH 45780
Erin Sykes  / Program Director
Andrea Reany / Program Manager
Laura Diaco / AmeriCorps
Dylan Bueche / AmeriCorps
Mary Jeter / AmeriCorps
Tyler Bonner / Sales and Outreach Coordinator, ZW Event Productions

Events and Recycling Opportunities

March 24
Partner Event
Dumpsite Cleanup with Wayne National Forest
Nelsonville, OH
March 25
Rural Action Event
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Run 5K
TailGreat Park Athens, OH

March 27
Partner Event
Vermicomposting Workshop with CFI
Athens, OH
March 31
Partner Event
Dumpsite Cleanup with Wayne National Forest
Nelsonville, OH
See More Events Here
April 7
Partner Event
Ames/Bern Township Tire Recycling
8:00am - 2:00pm 
6 Main Street, Amesville

April 7
Partner Event
Alexander Lee Township Tire Recycling
8:00am - 2:00pm 
8711 Harner Road, Athens

April 14
Partner Event
Dumpsite Cleanup with Wayne National Forest
Nelsonville, OH
April 14
Partner Event
Lodi Township Tire Recycling
8:00am - 2:00pm 
15525 Fossil Rock Rd. 

April 21
Partner Event
Perry County Tire Recycling
10:00am - 12:00pm 
16842 Wagner Rd, Laurelville
April 28
Partner Event
Green County Tire Recycling
10:00am - 12:00pm 
35005 Linton Rd,
April 29
Partner Event
Athens County Tire Recycling
8:00am - 1:00pm 
WNF Headquarters
Zero Waste Program Sponsors

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