Ohioans Step Up Recycling at State Fair |
New partnerships help Fair divert more than 70 tons from landfills
COLUMBUS, Ohio—Aug. 25, 2009— Recycling at the Ohio State Fair increased more than 250 percent over last year, resulting in 71.4 tons of material diverted from Ohio landfills.
Recycling efforts were boosted this year with a Special Assistance Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) and a new partnership with Rumpke Recycling.
“Rumpke Recycling worked closely with the Ohio Expo Center's maintenance department to integrate recycling into our overall clean-up procedures,” said Virgil Strickler, general manager for the Ohio Expo Center and State Fair, which hosted approximately 826,000 people during the 12-day event.
Cardboard accounted for about half of the recovered material, resulting largely from the cooperation of vendors. The general public participated by contributing commingled materials including plastic bottles, aluminum cans and paper. The recyclables were processed at Rumpke’s Material Recovery Facility in Columbus.
“Rumpke is proud to be part of a tremendous effort to conserve natural resources and landfill space,” said Todd Wielinski, operations manager for Rumpke. “The level of cooperation between Expo Center, ODNR and Rumpke personnel was significant to contributing to the success of this recycling effort.”
ODNR Division of Recycling grants fund various recycling programs across the state including this new public private partnership with Rumpke at the fairgrounds.
“The dramatic increase in the amount recycled this year reflects the growing public interest in all aspects of resource conservation,” said Sean Logan, ODNR Director. “We are proud to participate in this public private partnership, and the message of optimism it represents for the future of environmental stewardship in Ohio.”
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc. has been committed to keeping neighborhoods and businesses clean and green since 1932 by providing environmentally friendly waste disposal solutions. With its regional operations in Columbus, Ohio, Rumpke is one of the nation’s largest privately owned residential and commercial waste and recycling firms, providing service to areas of Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia. Rumpke divisions include Rumpke Recycling, The William-Thomas Group, Rumpke Portable Restrooms and Rumpke Hydraulics & Machining. For more information, visit www.rumpke.com.
Sara Cullin, Corporate Communication
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