On June 3rd Alan Hale, Coordinator for the Logan County Solid Waste Management District was one of the featured speakers at the National Zero Waste Action Conference in Rockford, Illinois. Zero Waste leaders from around the US and Canada gathered for a high powered exchange of ideas, program methods, and innovative ways to lead populations urban and rural toward accomplishing zero waste goals. Alan Hale focused on zero waste programming for a rural population as exemplified by the recycling and waste diversion techniques developed over the past six years in Logan County, Ohio.
“The conference was a confirmation of the direction of programming in Logan County as well as a font of information on next steps toward reaching the Logan County goal of Zero Waste to the Landfill by 2020”, explained Hale. There was an incredible wealth of experience, expertise, and knowledge about every aspect of moving a society toward the zero waste goal implementing programs that mimic nature by reducing the use of resources, reusing resources, recycling materials to renew their value to society and composting that large portion of the current waste stream – organics – back to elemental soil. “I was inspired, found new resource people to help us along, and was able to offer insight and encouragement to others working and living in rural setting.”