recycling

Bill Rinehart / WVXU

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.

Emily Wendler / WVXU

As you're gathering up all the wrapping paper and bows from Christmas, Hanukah, and any other celebration this holiday season, here's a check list to help answer the question: Can I recycle this?

Note: Service will not occur on Christmas or New Year's Day. Customers with a Thursday trash day will be collected on Friday. Friday customers will be collected on Saturday.

Maryanne Zeleznik / WVXU

The company that owned those popular green and yellow paper recycling containers often found in church and school parking lots, sold off its business early last month. Now locations with the recycling bins are finding they have a problem: the bins are full but no one is emptying them.

Abitibi sold its Paper Retriever fundraising program to a corporation that has, in turn, sold the containers, and just the containers, to Rumpke.

"We ended up purchasing the containers - not the customers or the service - on October 1," says Rumpke spokeswoman Amanda Pratt.

The One Stop Drop, organized by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful and the Oakley Recycles Project, is scheduled for Saturday, October 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Whole Foods Market in Rookwood Commons.

Acceptable items include:

Emily Wendler / WVXU

Items that cannot be recycled are causing some issues for the Rumpke recycling center in St. Bernard.  Company workers are being forced to trash some things that are not recyclable and should have never been sent to the facility in the first place.  

“Some non-recyclables can easily be sorted out with our advanced technology,” said recycling operation manager Brad Dunn in a statement.  “However some of these non-recyclables can injure our employees, damage our sorting equipment or contaminate other recyclables.”

Items to avoid:

Provided

Cincinnati officials will likely amend a controversial policy put in place last fall which limited most households to one container of trash per week. 

Gerald Checco with Public Services said the city is not ready to implement those new waste regulations anyway.  He said his department will be working on amendments.  He made a presentation Monday to city council’s neighborhood committee.

The changes would let some households have more than one container as long as it can be picked up by the city's automated trash trucks.

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If you need some added incentive to get rid of an old computer or other electronics, local recycling organizations are partnering with the Cincinnati Reds to offer tickets in exchange for your old junk.

The first 200 people at each event will receive a voucher for two free Reds tickets to an upcoming 2014 regular season Reds game. The team says more than 140,000 lbs. of electronic waste was collected during last year's drive.

Emily Wendler / WVXU

Mariemont, Madeira and Wyoming led the way as Hamilton County recycled nearly 41 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper last year.

That's an average of 245 pounds per household.

Rounding out the top ten were Montgomery, Glendale, Terrace Park, Amberley Village, Indian Hill, Evendale and Blue Ash.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District estimates the recycling:

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Advanced Community Enhancement (ACE), Building Value, Rumpke and the Uptown Consortium are taking down an old laundromat in Avondale. The hot thing in construction right now is LEED certification for highly efficient and sustainable structures. These organizations though are trying to achieve LEED platinum demolition standards. They're repurposing or recycling 90 percent of the building's materials.

If your once glorious Christmas tree is starting to look a little worse for wear, Hamilton County is ready to help you recycle. Three recycling sites open Saturday. They'll accept trees and other holiday greenery.

Details from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

Saturday, January 4 and January 11, 2014 from noon–3:00 pm, sites will be open to receive holiday greenery.

Locations

This is the last weekend Hamilton County residents may drop-off  yard trimmings for free recycling by the Recycling and Solid Waste District.

Here's what you need to know:

East: Bzak Landscaping – 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township MAP

http://keepcincinnatibeautiful.org/

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a one-day free recycling event Saturday for hard-to-recycle items.

They'll be taking various kinds of e-waste like cell phones and computer components along with plastic grocery bags and number 5 plastics.

The one-stop-drop will be at the Whole Foods in Rookwood Commons.

Full details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Duke Energy tore apart an old refrigerator Thursday... and not just because someone thought destruction sounded fun. The demonstration highlights Duke's appliance recycling program.

City of Cincinnati website

Cincinnati has dropped the Recyclebank program designed to encourage residents to recycle.  

City officials say participation rates were disappointing.  

The program is being revamped in order to realize the city's original intent:  to encourage and reward people who recycle, which in turns saves taxpayer dollars on tipping fees at the landfill.  

Current rewards can still be redeemed through Recyclebank.  

In 2012, city residents and small business recycled more than 17,000 tons, which compares to just more than 12,000 tons in 2008.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.

Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.

There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:

Mariemont, Wyoming and Montgomery are Hamilton County's top three recycling neighborhoods.

The Recycling and Solid Waste District reports the average household recycled 250 pounds in 2012. That's 14 percent of all waste generated.

A recent study suggests 40 percent of what Hamilton County sends to the landfill could be diverted by recycling.

Rounding out the top ten recycling communities are Terrace Park, Madeira, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Glendale, Loveland and Evendale.

City of Cincinnati

Now that spring is here, yard work is certain to follow.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off sites re-open Saturday, March 23.

You must be a county resident and bring proof such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

Rumpke says it will build a 32-million dollar recycling center in Saint Bernard to replace its former facility destroyed by fire last year.

In a release the company says the facility will be 85-thousand square feet and will create one of the largest and most technologically advanced residential recycling systems in the U.S.  It will be capable of sorting up to 55 tons of material every hour, more than doubling the capabilities of the previous system.

Rumpke estimates the new facility will bring about 100 new jobs to St. Bernard.

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is partnering for a free recycling drop-off Saturday. It's part of America Recycles Day.

The "One Stop Drop" site at Rookwood Commons runs 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Accepted items:

Cincinnati Computer Cooperative

Nov 16, 2012

Daniel Meek is the program director for the non-profit Cincinnati Computer Cooperative, which works to recycle old computers into working, viable products for use by schools and other non-profits. As their mission statement points out, the organization would like to improve the student-to-computer ratio in order to better prepare students for higher education and careers. Daniel Meek came by our studios to talk with Mark Perzel about Cincinnati Computer Cooperative and how businesses and individuals can be part of their effort.


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If you live in Hamilton County you only have a few weeks left to get rid of unwanted electronics through the county’s free recycling program.

myactions.org

Aug 31, 2012

Thane Maynard welcomes Craig Young and his son, Michael, to talk about a new mobile app they have created called myactions.org to not only increase environmentally positive behaviors, but to also raise needed funds for the Cincinnati Zoo and other environmental organizations.

ZEROlandfill Cincinnati is back for a fifth year. The recycling initiative makes design samples and materials available to artists, teachers, students, or anyone who's interested.

The group says the goal is to divert waste from area landfills and promote material re-purposing. It says more than 130,000 pounds of waste has been diverted over the past four years.

E-waste recycling tomorrow

Aug 10, 2012
Mark Heyne / WVXU News

Hamilton County residents have recycled more than 68,000 pounds of e-waste since the May 1 start of a computer and TV recycling program.  The Recycling and Solid Waste District's free drop-off program is open August 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the CSI/Republic Transfer Station at 10751 Evendale Drive. 

The program won't be open any other Saturday in August, but it is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. through October 31, excluding holidays.   There will also be weekend collection times on September 8 and October 13.

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