SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): The Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District (District) and Athens-Hocking Recycling Center has joined the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA), The Recycling Partnership, a mission-driven NGO that works with communities, companies, and governments to transform recycling, to help the public recycle more and recycle better. Starting in March and with the assistance of a $52,500 cash grant, the District’s Athens-Hocking drop-off recycling program will be able to provide educational outreach, engage with patrons at drop-off recycling sites, and make infrastructure improvements to help patrons more easily participate in their local recycling program and understand what is and isn’t recyclable.
In addition, the district and the Athens-Hocking Recycling Center is contributing over $17,500 in matching funds which will help amplify the impacts of this grant program. “Recycling is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do,” said Jane Forrest Redfern, district coordinator for Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District “Recycling the right way saves our taxpayers money by reducing the cost of picking up, sorting and sending non-recyclables materials to the landfill. Recycling supports jobs, and improves the health of the environment. We know residents want to recycle the right way and through this campaign, we are providing them information and personalized, real-time feedback to do just that.”
“The Recycling Partnership is excited to continue working with Ohio EPA and Ohio communities to improve quality, capture, and participation for recycling programs across the state,” said Samantha Longshore, community program manager at The Recycling Partnership. “Through this project, we’re supporting great work on the ground and helping communities strengthen their recycling programs. By reducing waste and improving capture of recyclables, we’re creating jobs, supporting manufacturing supply chains, and growing resilient communities.”
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