Waste Management ~

A major focus for Oglebay and Oglebay Good Zoo is to divert 30% of waste from the landfill by 2025 through recycling, composting and food recovery.

Recycling & Composting

In 2023, Oglebay replaced the metal trash barrels with new trash and recycle receptacles made from 85,840 recycled milk gallon jugs. Additionally, over 45 recycling bins were added to the cottages. We recycle paper, cardboard, and metal containers. Cardboard, greenery and produce are shredded and added to the compost pile at Oglebay Good Zoo, reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Cardboard boxes are also reused for animal enrichment. At the Good Zoo, we use reusable containers for animal food, preventing the use of about 2,000 plastic bags each month!

No More Plastic Bottles

Oglebay has installed over 20 water bottle filling stations throughout the park, including along Oglebay’s walking trail, within the Good Zoo, and at Wheeling Park. Seven of these stations feature a pet-friendly water bowl. Oglebay also encourages guests and visitors to bring reusable bottles and discourages the use of single-use plastics. Additionally, aluminum cans of water are sold in Oglebay’s resort shops.


Oglebay’s user-friendly dispensing systems reduce plastic usage by up to 60%. Each bottle and cartridge contains EcoPure organic plastic additives, which enhance the biodegradation process when disposed of. Additionally, Oglebay uses environmentally friendly, natural cleaners.