Heidi Griesmer


Ohio EPA Encourages Recycling During Pelotonia with Recycling Grant

Thanks to a recycling grant from Ohio EPA, Pelotonia, the fund-raising bike tour with One Goal to End Cancer, will feature a comprehensive recycling program for the first time ever.

The grant will ensure that the more than 15,000 riders, volunteers, family members and support staff will have the opportunity to recycle all of the glass, aluminum, paper and cardboard used during the Opening Ceremony on Friday and all of the finish line parties throughout the weekend. In addition, all food scraps generated at the 25-mile finish line party in Pickerington will be composted.

The three day grassroots event features one-to two-day rides for bicyclists who ride routes of up to 180 miles to raise money for cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.

“The money raised for cancer research is outstanding and to pair it with environmental awareness and recycling is a partnership the State of Ohio can be proud of,” said Ohio EPA Director Scott Nally.

“Pelotonia believes that a comprehensive recycling program will carry an important environmental message to our participants, sponsors and contributors,” said Pelotonia CEO Tom Lennox. “Our long-term goal is to have a waste-free Pelotonia.”

Ohio EPA will provide a $17,000 grant to purchase reusable recycling containers for all stops along the route. Rumpke Recycling is partnering to remove recyclable materials, while another Ohio EPA grantee, Viridiun, will transport compostable material such as food waste to a local facility.

Pelotonia’s operating expenses are covered by funding partners so that 100 percent of every dollar raised by riders, virtual riders and volunteers goes directly to fund cancer research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center—Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. Pelotonia has raised more than $52 million for cancer research since it was founded in 2008.


The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. In the past 40 years, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling. Ohio EPA….40 years and moving forward.