Green Drinks focuses on recycling efforts in Columbus and the new nature center opens at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.

Dan Weisenbach (pictured) of Weisenbach Recycled Products and Dan Hurst of Columbus Computer Alliance both spoke on recycling at the Green Drinks event.

Green Drinks

Green Drinks returned with its first meeting this past Wednesday. This was my first meeting with the group and I learned lots I didn't know about recycling.

Recycling computers and electronic equipment

Dan Hurst of Columbus Computer Alliance spoke about what sort of products his organization accepts. They also use the profits toward helping charities, which I think is great. If you have an old computer you don't use or you're upgrading to a new one, consider donating your item(s). The group accepts computer towers, servers, laptops, PDAs, iPads/iPods, fans/heat sinks, keyboards/mice, CD/DVDs, parts & accessories, laptop batteries, cell phones and televisions. No worries as the data is removed from the hard drive and all of the products are recycling here in Ohio. They will pick up items for free or you can drop them off at one of their locations in central Ohio and the addresses are found here There is a limit on how old the computers can be, so call 614.223.1530 or visit for details.


Dan Weisenbach, who is on the board of directors of Green Columbus, advisor to ODNR and part of mayor Michael B. Coleman's "green team," spoke on recycling in central Ohio. Some of the biggest things I learned was that glass is highly recyclable. Did you know that glass is recycled into fiberglass and Ohio is the largest producer of this product? Also, people shouldn't throw biodegradeable items in the recycling bin or trash for the landfil; they should be composted instead. Another takeaway is that Walmart is the largest recycler of plastic grocery bags and wrapping, which is made into Trex boards (alternatives to wood) used in decks, railing and other products. Also, he says that different communities may have different instructions on what is and isn't recyclable, so it's best to familiarize yourself with what your recycling program accepts. Finally, he says that "cap and trade" would kill recycling efforts and lead to a loss of jobs in the region and country, if implemented.

The next Green Drinks event is scheduled for Nov. 14 with a location to be determined at a later date. For more on Green Drinks, visit the Green Columbus website at

Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center

The new Battelle Darby Creek Nature Center is now open. The new building, which is environmentally friendly, features a green roof, passive ventilation, a geothermal system and "rain chains," is the largest in the parks system at 14,000-square-feet. Native plants and rocks are featured around the building, which offers visitors a chance to view the parks' bison from two decks that face the pasture areas. Inside the center features a 53-foot living stream with items sourced from Big Darby Creek. Large classrooms and multi-purpose rooms will allow the naturalists to teach visitors about nature and the area's natural resources. The center is hosting an open house this weekend, Oct. 27 and 28, welcoming visitors.

The bioswale area at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park.


This feature of the nature center, found in the middle of the main parking area, is new to me. It features plants atop layers of soil and rock that act as filters for the surface runoff from the parking lot area. The plants and soil act as natural "cleaners" to remove oil and pollution.