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Rumpke is expanding its list of recyclable items. Polypropylene plastic tubs may now go in your curbside recycling.

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The vile 12 months of 2020 are over and a lot of things are already on track to change in 2021. For instance, a vaccine for the deadly pandemic is rolling out and a new president (for better or worse) is taking office. But things that won't change unless people decide to modify their behaviors, are the calamities caused by climate change.

In Cincinnati, it may be hard to feel connected to 2020's unprecedented wildfires in Australia or deadly flooding in China. But collectively, experts say the choices made in all communities matter, and there's a lot people can do on micro and macro levels to contribute to solving global problems.

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It should come as no surprise that the holiday season produces more trash than usual. In fact, according to research from Stanford University, Americans throw away 25% more during the Thanksgiving to New Year's holiday period than any other time of year.

Styrofoam usage has increased for most people during the pandemic as people rely more than ever on online shopping and curbside services. It's in our to-go containers and packaging and inevitably tends to end up in the trash. But it doesn't all have to end up in a landfill.

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With everyone spending more time at home, we are all creating more garbage and materials that can be recycled. Solid Waste Manager Michelle Balz with the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District said some collectors are working overtime to keep up with the waste stream.

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In the interest of public health, Kenton County is suspending its "Big Blue Recyle Bin" program and is in the process of removing bins from their locations. Rumpke Recycling is continuing but urges customers to help protect its drivers.

When it comes to recycling plastic, most people check for a number on the bottom of every container. But what does that number actually mean, and why are some plastics not recyclable? This installment of our series, Reduce, Reuse, Refocus traces the life cycle of a piece of plastic.

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A Miami University professor admits holiday cards and envelopes may not have a huge impact on landfills and recycling streams, but Steve Keller says there are things to watch for to keep the stream clean. He says most holiday cards are simply made of paper, which can be recycled. If there's glitter on the paper, throw it out.

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Ohio Senator Rob Portman told reporters Tuesday as much as one-third of materials in recycling bins are going into landfills. "This is unacceptable and I think most of my constituents would be shocked to hear that." He has introduced legislation to educate people on what can be recycled and how our country can do it more cost effectively.

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If you come across a string of broken lights as you unpack decorations for the upcoming holiday season, know there is at least one bright spot: you don't have to send them to a landfill. 

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Rumpke, in partnership with the Ohio EPA and the Recycling Partnership, is on a mission to teach homeowners what should and shouldn't go into a recycling bin. The company is now riffling through containers in Cincinnati to find out if people are following the rules. It was in Fairfield last month.

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At the end of 2018, Great Parks of Hamilton County put out the same plea it had made for the past four years: Drop off your broken or unwanted holiday lights at collection points located in six of its parks, and Cohen Recycling will pick them up for recycling and match the donation value of the lights back to Great Parks, up to $2,000.

As it turns out, last year was a particularly bright spot for the annual program. 

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Nearly a third of what Hamilton County residents are throwing away could be recycled. Another third could be composted. That's the finding of a new study from the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

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It was fun while it lasted, but its time has come. Yep, we're talking about kicking your Christmas tree to the curb. 

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People tend to produce more trash and recyclable waste during the holidays than any other time of the year – 25 percent more, on average.

But Rumpke Waste and Recycling wants you to know that not everything you want to get rid of belongs in your trash can or recycling bin.

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Christmas is over and your once glorious evergreen seems to have lost its luster and is dropping pine needles on the floor.

It's time to cart your fir or spruce off for recycling.

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Employees and visitors to Trenton, Ohio's MillerCoors Brewery are hard pressed to find a trash can. The reason? The facility is 99.8 percent landfill-free, with the rest burned for energy in Indiana. Soon the plant hopes to be 99.9 percent landfill-free.

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People continue to dump non-recyclable items at recycling sites in Adams and Clermont counties forcing the shutdown of the fourth location.

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Some charitable organizations are concerned Cincinnati's new curbside textile recycling program could reduce the donated items they receive.

Representatives of the Salvation Army, Goodwill, and St. Vincent de Paul offered testimony Monday to City Council's Neighborhoods Committee.

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Students at UC's Blue Ash campus have an odd request: They want your old toothbrush.

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Cincinnati is launching curbside textile recycling Monday. The program includes textiles, clothing, and housewares.

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There have been six fires this year at Rumpke's recycling plant or on recycling trucks that have been traced to lithium ion batteries.

The Business Of Creatively Reusing Art Supplies

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You’ll find feathers, paint, wood chips, natural materials, yarn and more at Indigo Hippo, a first-of-its-kind creative reuse center located in Over-the-Rhine. The items are donated, cleaned up and sold at affordable prices so that anyone – students, artists and community members alike – can utilize art supplies. This is also good for the environment, as these items stay out of the waste stream.

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Electronic waste, or E-waste (monitors, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices)– represents 2-percent of America's trash in landfills, but it equals 70-percent of overall toxic waste. And worldwide, 20 to 50 million metric tons of electronic devices are disposed of each year.

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Several communities and counties are ready to help find a home for Christmas trees that have outlived their usefulness.

Three recycling sites open Saturday. They'll accept trees and other holiday greenery.

Boone, Campbell, and Kenton County residents can get rid of hazardous household items this weekend at a free event.

    

According to the EPA, an estimated 600,000 tons of monitors, 67,000 tons of computer mice and keyboards and 20,000 tons of mobile devices are disposed of each year in the United States. Just a small percentage of that and other electronic waste, or e-waste, is recycled. But you can do your part to properly, and safely, recycle your old electronic products.

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Remember that C-shaped arrow in Washington Park? Well, it's out of here.

Artist Philip Short loaded it up on a small trailer Wednesday afternoon and began the drive back to North Carolina.

But not without answering a few questions from WVXU listeners.

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It sprung up in early April... a big, orange C-shaped arrow sitting in the  middle of Washington Park. People walk by and take pictures of it, or selfies with it. There's a lid on the end of the arrow, but no sign explaining its existence.

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The debate over Christmas trees, real or artificial, will likely never stop.  Artificial trees can be used again and again, while live trees have a short life span.  However, the real things do serve a purpose after they are no longer good for decoration.

The Clermont County Park District says natural trees can be composted or mulched, and they are often used for shoreline stabilization projects, to reduce beach erosion, and under water as fish habitat.

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