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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Businessman Saving Planet One Novelty at a Time

Editor's Note: I get all of our specialty products from Weisenbach. Dan and his staff are the bomb! Even if you aren't in the recycling business, you will love his products! Check him out!

The Columbus Dispatch
Tuesday, April 22, 2008 3:19 AM

If you need a pencil made from worn-out dollars, Dan Weisenbach is your man.

Dog tags made from shredded tires?

Yes, he has those, too.

Weisenbach once turned 2,000 pounds of obsolete Stonyfield Farm yogurt cups into ice-cream scoops, which he sold back to Stonyfield Farm as novelty items.

"Isn't that beautiful?" he said. "Companies give us their garbage; we make something out of it and sell it back to them."

Today is Earth Day, when every company wants to tout its intention to save the planet.

Weisenbach, however, was a "green" businessman before green became a buzzword.

"He's respected across the nation," said Michael Long, an environmental consultant and a former director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

Long, who has known Weisenbach for 20 years, noted his long history of service to organizations devoted to recycling and litter prevention.

"And his products make sense," Long said.

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