Environmental Stewardship

Ohio’s Soft Drink Industry
Ohio’s soft drink industry actively promotes environmental stewardship of Ohio’s resources. Our members practice sound conservation, recycling and energy use programs that promote clean air and clean water. Local bottlers work hard to reduce waste disposal such as landfilling and incineration.

In the community, our members work to abate litter with local litter control and education groups. These collaborative efforts emphasize education, volunteer cleanup programs and enforcement.

As another important part of conservation and recycling, our members have developed new packaging aimed at source reduction—preventing materials from entering landfills or littering our roadways. An example of this effort is “light-weighting” or reengineering aluminum cans and other packaging materials to reduce packaging per gallon of product sold over 37% from 1980 to 2000.

At our manufacturing centers, members also practice conservation. These efforts range from buying products made from recycled materials to recycling all plant scrap. For many years, our industry has received accolades from the U.S. EPA’s “WasteWi$e Program” for member waste prevention practices.

Finally, while our members work hard in their local communities, the Ohio Soft Drink Association is active at the state level supporting recycling and conservation. OSDA Executive Director Kimberly McConville is chair of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Recycling and Litter Prevention Advisory Board, vice chair of the Department’s Resource & Recreation Commission, member of the Keep Ohio Beautiful Board of Directors and board member of Labor and Industry for a Cleaner Ohio.

Our industry, through local efforts and state policy commitment, works hard to protect Ohio’s natural resources.