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Talking Trash: A Primer on Central Ohio's Waste Stream

Aug 11, 2020, 10:00am - 11:00am



Ever wonder about the types and amounts of materials we throw away in central Ohio? Interested in learning about what can be done to keep these materials out of the landfill? Through this program you will glean insights and industry knowledge from Kyle O'Keefe, director of innovation and programs, Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, about the conditions, trends, opportunities, and activities taking place in the central Ohio region and how you can get involved.

Improving the way we manage our resources is more important now than ever. Our consumption of products and packaging and the waste they create have a profound impact on the sustainability of our environment and our economy. These issues have become prominent in the age of COVID-19 and climate change. Together, we can create solutions by strengthening and building a vibrant and resilient circular economy for current and future generations.

This EPN Virtual Program will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude by 11:00 a.m. Opportunities for audience Q&A with Mr. O’Keefe will be available throughout the program. Jeff Sharp, PhD, director, School of Environment and Natural Resources, will provide welcome remarks. 

Kyle O' Keefe imageKyle O’Keefe is the director of innovation and programs for the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO). For over a decade Kyle has been creating community supported waste reduction and diversion programs that help to build stronger and more resilient communities through environmental, social, and economic stewardship. At SWACO, Kyle is leading efforts to help Franklin County achieve a 75% waste diversion rate by 2032 by implementing new programs, policies, and market driven solutions.

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We strive to host events that are inclusive and accessible to everyone. If you have a disability and require accommodations to fully participate in this activity, please reach out to Joe Campbell ( Requests made five business days in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access. However, we will make every effort to meet requests made after this time frame. You will be contacted by someone from our staff to discuss your specific needs.