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.
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!
Want to Join the Team?
Learn about opportunities to volunteer and work with our team!