My name is Ray Leard. I consider myself a native from Columbus, graduated from Bishop Watterson High School in 1969 and OSU in 1974. In 2012 I opened The Compost Exchange - a Class II Ohio EPA licensed composting facility in Athens. One of the many ways we were successful in diverting over 5,000 pounds/week of organic food waste away from the local overcrowded land fill was a booth I operated for two years at the Athens Farmers Market.
In 2015 I sold that facility to the Athens/Hocking Recycling Centers, Inc. and have started a similar operation in the Columbus region having been accepted at several Farmers Markets - year round.
To offer the residents of the Columbus region with a food waste recycling service that is easy, convenient, and economical by establishing food waste “drop off centers” at a wide variety of convenient locations including area farmers markets and other high traffic public locations.
To lead the effort towards achieving Zero Waste in Central Ohio, working to improve and preserve the quality of our water, air, and soil for everyone now and in the future.
We look forward to earning your business!
Ray Leard – Chief Composter