Environmental Advisory Committee

Meetings

  • 7 p.m.
  • Second Tuesday each month
  • City Hall
    1368 Research Park Drive
    Beavercreek, OH 45432

Board Members

  • Sarah Wallentine
    Active Term: April 10, 2023 - February 28, 2024
  • Edward Bogden
    Active Term: March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2026
  • Wes Eversole
    Active Term: March 1, 2022 - February 22, 2026
  • Braeden Fleck
    Active Term: April 26, 2021 - February 29, 2024
  • John Koerner, Chair
    Active Term: March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2026
  • Bryant Martin
    Active Term: March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2025
  • Robert Steinbach
    Active Term: March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2025 
  • Jessica Gaston
    Active Term: March 1, 2022- February 28, 2025
  • Vacancy
    Active Term: March 1, 2023 - February 28, 2026

About the Committee

The City of Beavercreek Environmental Advisory Committee assists the City Council in developing policies and regulations to protect the environment.

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Everyone plays a role in helping to reduce plastic waste and litter. There are a number of things you can do at home, school, work, and other areas throughout the community to help reduce the amount of waste you create, including:

Sit-down Restaurants: 

  • Tell your server in advance you do not need a plastic straw, instead bring your own reusable straws
  • Bring your own containers for takeout rather than using single-use containers 
  • If you order takeout, tell the restaurant you do not need plastic utensils 
  • Encourage restaurant owners to utilize recyclable takeout containers 
    • Styrofoam containers (plastic number 6) does not break down over time and is only accepted by a small number of recycling facilities 
    • Plastic numbers 1, 2, and sometimes 5 are best for recycling 
  • Support businesses that actively work to reduce plastic waste 

Fast Food Restaurants: 

  • Invest in and utilize your own reusable coffee mug  
  • Ask staff to not include any plastic utensils, stirrers, or straws with your order 
  • Be mindful of condiment packets, do not take more than you plan to use 

Grocery Stores: 

  • Utilize reusable bags that can be used again rather than using single-use plastic bags 
  • Be mindful of your food’s packaging and try to avoid over-packaged items 
  • Purchase drinks in aluminum containers when possible 
    • Aluminum containers recycle more efficiently than glass and plastic containers, and typically cause fewer litter problems

Personal Water Bottle: 

  • Use a refillable water bottle: Rather than buying plastic water bottles, use a refillable water bottle that you can fill up  

Department Stores:

  • Ask the cashier to keep the bag if you are only buying a small number of items 

Shipping Packages:

  • Use paper, newspaper, or cornstarch peanuts to cushion items instead of plastic/styrofoam materials such as bubble wrap and styrofoam “peanuts” 

Home

  • Rinse your plastic recyclables to remove the majority of food or drink 
  • In your container, pile heavier items on top so smaller plastics do not get blown away by wind 

 Neighborhood

  • Take along a litter bag and pick up plastics you see along your walk or run 
    • You can also pick up other litter, but plastics degrade rapidly outdoors, and can turn into microplastics, especially when run over by cars, chopped up by lawnmowers, or left outdoors exposed to sunlight for weeks 
  • Set a good example by not throwing your litter on the ground – take home food and drink containers, candy wrappers, water bottles, your pet’s waste bags, etc.

By following these steps, we can all do our part to help reduce plastic waste and protect our community.