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About 2018-05-15T12:06:02+00:00

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What We Do

Zero Waste Event Productions LLC is a social enterprise helping festivals to decrease their environmental footprint by diverting waste from the landfill through waste reduction, recycling and composting. We offer pre-event consultation, onsite management of materials, and post-event reports.

Using our waste sorting and diversion model, we have been able to divert over 90% of festival waste from the landfill, while also educating attendees about the importance of recycling and composting.

Our History

Zero Waste Event Productions LLC started in 2011, under Rural Action’s Zero Waste Program.

We got our start working as a grassroots material management and recycling effort specific to the Nelsonville Music Festival. Over the years our effort grew. We added a composting service, began working with food vendors and festival organizers to change policies around what was distributed during the event, and increased our sorting effort to maximize diversion. The Nelsonville Music Festival has achieved a zero waste status four years running, as have new events and festivals who have picked up our service, including Bounty on the Bricks, the Ohio Pawpaw Festival, and The Athens Harvest Festival.

In 2015 Zero Waste Event Productions was established as a Social Enterprise. By the end of the 2017 season, we had spread our services to 25 events and festivals across Ohio and beyond. Currently, we have successfully diverted over 140,000 lbs of material from the landfill and reached over 190,000 attendees with our message of waste diversion.

Zero Waste Event Productions LLC became an LLC in April of 2018.

Zero Waste Event Production's Team 2016 at Paradise Music Festival.

Meet Our Team

Tyler Bonner
Tyler BonnerChief Executive Officer
Tyler@ruralaction.org

Tyler provides general management of business operations in addition to leading efforts in outreach and sales. Seeking new clients who could benefit from our waste diversion services and working directly with organizers to find material management systems to fit the particular needs of their event.

Joe Steinbrecher
Joe SteinbrecherChief Operating Officer
Joes@ruralaction.org

Joe Steinbrecher oversees zero waste operations at festivals, working with event organizers, volunteers and staffers to maximize waste diversion. He keeps essential equipment and vehicles running smoothly and helps design and build new and innovative equipment.

Shannon Pratt-Harrington
Shannon Pratt-HarringtonQuality Control and Volunteer Manager
Shannonp@ruralaction.org

Shannon helps manage the zero waste tent at festivals by overseeing operations, volunteers and staff. Behind the scenes she recruits and organizes volunteers and staff, and writes up final reports.

Volunteers and Staff of Zero Waste Event Productions pose for a picture over the sorting belt at #Fest 2016.

Staff and Volunteers

At every festival we are joined by a great team of contractors, volunteers, and interns who help us meet the needs of each event that we service.

This is a group that is not afraid to get their hands dirty and are passionate about our work in waste reduction!

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