Photo Caption: Cleanup volunteers work for the Zero Waste Initiative in this file photo.
The Appalachia Ohio Zero Waste Initiative is seeking public comment on recycling and waste issues that residents believe need to be addressed in Athens and Hocking Counties, according to a press release issued Tuesday.
Comments and concerns will be shared with the Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District to inform future district plans and those suggestions will be incorporated into a Zero Waste Action Plan for the counties, the release said.
"We have heard from Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District stakeholders and community members that they would like their voices represented in the Solid Waste Management Plan," said Zero Waste Initiative Coordinator Kyle O'Keefe. "And, the District is supportive of our efforts."
The AOZWI efforts are coordinated by Rural Action in partnership with the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. Funding is provided by the Sugar Bush Foundation, a supporting organization of the Ohio University Foundation.
The Athens-Hocking Solid Waste District signed a Memorandum of Understanding with AOZWI in March showing its support for AOZWI's community engagement work, according to the release. The community engagement includes a random survey of 3,000 residences and voluntary surveys at the recycling centers that began this winter, it continued. It also includes 8 community meetings throughout Athens and Hocking Counties.
Results of the community engagement efforts will be shared at a forum for stakeholders and community members in the fall that will take place in conjunction with a Waste to Wealth summit, the release concluded.
A list of the 8 community meetings is below. The AOZWI encouraged residents to attend the meeting that is most convenient.
• Trimble High School, Room 302
Tuesday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m.
• Nelsonville Public Library, large meeting room
Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30p.m.
• Marion Township Community Center
Monday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m.
• Camp Oty'Okwa
Monday, April 30 at 6:30 p.m.
• Alexander High School Cafeteria
Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m.
• Logan-Hocking Middle School Library
Monday, May 7 at 6:30 p.m.
• Federal Hocking Middle School Library
Monday, May 14 at 6:30 p.m.
• Athens Community Center, B
Thursday, May 31 at 6:30 p.m.