Ohioans Recognized for Recycling Efforts

Columbus, OH - More than 30 organizations, businesses, volunteers, students and government agencies from across Ohio were honored for their local efforts in recycling, waste reduction and litter prevention at the ninth annual Take Pride, Ohio! awards ceremony. The awards are sponsored by the Ohio De-partment of Natural Resources (ODNR).

"This annual awards program gives ODNR the opportunity to recognize and thank Ohio's best in recycling and litter prevention," said Ron Kolbash, chief of the ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention. "This year's award re-cipients reflect the high quality and level of commitment of the state's many re-cycling and litter prevention programs."

The ODNR Division of Recycling & Litter Prevention recognized outstanding achievement in two categories: Recycle, Ohio! and Clean Up, Ohio! The awards honored recipients for innovative recycl-ing and litter prevention projects that benefit Ohio communities.

Nicole Stepsis, a teacher at Harrison Street Elementary School in Delaware County, was named the Outstanding Educator in Ohio. She has been an advocate of incorporating environmental issues into classroom curriculums and has proven to be a positive influence to her students, school and community.

The division also recognized 12 stu-dent winners of its 11th annual Earth Day to Earth Day poster contest and private businesses and state agencies who have partnered with state programs.