Cincinnati picks up textiles in recycling program

Help keep clothing, footwear, household textiles, and accessories out of local landfills through the city of Cincinnati’s textile recycling program. When they’re out of style, worn, torn, stained, or just no longer useful, donate or recycle them.

Eligible households have received information in the mail. Items are collected on regular recycling days. Otherwise, use a drop-off location or donation box.

What can be recycled?

Textiles in any condition (worn, torn or stained) can all be recycled. Make sure all items are clean and dry. Torn and stained items are sent to a fabric recycler to become new fabrics.

‘How to recycle clothing and housewares’ | WVXU (March 20, 2017)

Save the Food! guest article provides super easy tips

“Save the Food!” is becoming a rallying cry for everyone who loves food and hates waste. Even for all of us in the “clean plate club,” wasted food is a much bigger problem than most of us realize:

  • In 2010, the average amount of food loss per American was 429 pounds.
  • A four-person family loses approximately $1,500 each year on wasted food.
  • 48% of fruits and vegetables are thrown away.
  • Meanwhile, one in seven Americans is food insecure.

$1,500 a year! Ouch! Throwing away food also wastes all of the water and energy we put into growing the food, the fuel we consumed transporting the food, and the energy the grocery store used refrigerating the food. The good news is that every day we can make small choices that will reduce how much food we waste.

Here are several easy tips to help you reduce food waste within your family:

  • Plan your meals for the week.
  • Make a shopping list and stick to it.
  • Shop bulk bins where you can measure and purchase only the ingredients you need.
  • Learn best ways to store your food to maximize its edibility.

To learn more about how you can reduce food waste, follow the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District on Facebook, visit, or call 513-946-7766.

And remember, save the food!
Michelle Balz is the assistant solid waste manager for Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District


Free compost. You haul it

Community gardens, urban farms and other interested parties are invited to pick up free compost from the former Compost Cincy site at 6200 Este Ave., Cincinnati 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 25.

The material being distributed meets all State of Ohio standards for finished compost. It is not ground or screened, so it will not be as consistent in size as commercially purchased compost. All compost may contain traces of plastic. This material was analyzed and found to contain .1 percent plastic, which is significantly cleaner than the Ohio standard which is 1 percent or less.

There are no quantity limits. Bring your own containers and tools. A front-end loader is on-site to help fill trucks or trailers. Start early so you can make multiple trips.

This event is presented by the City of Cincinnati’s Office of Environment and Sustainability. For more information, contact OES at 513-352-5340 or

Peter Huttinger
Community Garden Program Director

New law gives bikes three feet on roads

Awareness that bicyclists belong on Ohio roads got a major boost when legislators passed in December House Bill 154, which requires motorists to give people on bikes three feet of clearance when passing.

Effective March 21, the legislation passed as a result of the Ohio Bicycle Federation and other advocates lobbying to the General Assembly for three years. Ohio becomes the 40th state to enact some sort of safe-passing law, and the 28th to mandate a specific distance between the cyclist and passing motorist.


Share more than seeds at Ohio Valley Seed Swap

Share seeds and stories at the second annual Ohio Valley Seed Swap 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 8 at Boone County Enrichment Center, 1822 Patrick Drive in Burlington, Kentucky. Bring non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) vegetable, fruit, flowers and herb seeds to share. There are plenty of seeds to get you started, regardless if you have any to share.

Several workshops are being held in conjunction with the swap, with topics ranging from building soil to techniques for starting seeds.

Guest speakers include:

Tables are available for any person or related group that would like to be involved.

For more information, follow Ohio Valley Seed Swap on Facebook or e-mail

Ohio Valley Seed Swap

Dayton, Ohio hosts International Trails Symposium

If you’re interested in all things trail-related, attend the 23rd International Trails Symposium May 7-10 in Dayton. Named the “Outdoor Adventure Capital of the Midwest,” Dayton is home to the largest paved trail network in the United States. Get inspired, gather fresh ideas for your community, and meet other trail and greenway advocates.

Early registration ends March 17.

International Trails Symposium

Backyard composting workshops return for spring


CONTACT: Joy Landry, 513-946-7754

As gardeners roll up their sleeves for spring, the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District presents its popular “Get the Dirt on Backyard Composting” seminar. This evening seminar teaches residents how to compost and how it creates better soil. Participants learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostable, and how to overcome challenges.

Hamilton County residents receive a free kitchen collector, a “Simple Guide to Composting in Your Backyard” booklet, and an “I Love Compost” magnet at the end of the program. There are four opportunities for residents to take part in these free seminars:

  • April 18 at 7 p.m., Colerain Township Senior Center
  • April 27 at 7 p.m., Green Township Branch Library
  • May 3 at 7 p.m., Summit Park in Blue Ash
  • May 23 at 6:30 p.m., Crossroads Church in Oakley

Advance registration is required online or via telephone at 513-946-7766.

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Odor-Free Compost Bucket

Support your love of community, Community Shares

Enjoy yourself at a special fundraising event benefitting Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati 6 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 at Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington.

Evening includes comedy of Sweett Biscut, live auction with Brooklyn, and DJ Thaddeus. Reception includes food, two complimentary drinks, and a cash bar. Tickets are $85 before midnight Feb. 15 or $115 at the door.

For the Love of Community

Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati is a partnership of 23 local nonprofit organizations building social and economic equity and a healthy environment. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Community Shares raises awareness and support for member organizations through workplace giving campaigns, professional enrichment, community education, and a variety of innovative initiatives.

Korman included in CityBeat’s annual Love List

CityBeat’s annual Love List introduces you to seven passionate Cincinnatians who have turned what they love into their lifestyles. These are portraits of people striving to celebrate life by pursuing a path that rejoices in kindness, creativity and, in some cases, the drive to make some really good wine. By focusing on why they love what they do, why they love Cincinnati and why they love their lives in general, we explore how passion can change our community and the world at large.

— Maija Zummo, Project Editor

Love List Contents

  • Yuliya Bui, owner of flower shop Gia and the Blooms
  • Dan Korman (pictured), founder and owner of longtime green general store Park + Vine
  • Sky White, founder of Wendigo Tea Co. and member of on-hiatus Rock band Foxy Shazam
  • Matt Distel, exhibition director at The Carnegie and co-owner of The Littlefield and Second Place bars
  • Kate MacDonald, owner and vintner at Skeleton Root urban winery
  • Phillip Eugene Smith aka Eugenius, rapper and musician
  • Melissa Lieb, owner of upscale lingerie boutique Swoon OTR


How to recycle old electronics

Technology is a wonderful thing. It allows us to stay connected with each other and the world around us. However, the digital world is always spinning and providing newer, faster, more convenient smartphones, tablets and computers. So what to do with those outdated electronics?

Throwing them away is not the answer. Electronics contain valuable metals that manufacturers can recover from your device and use to make new products. The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District has several suggestions on how to “recycle right” when it comes to electronics:

  • Exchange. Several large retailers offer electronic “take back” programs that will recycle your old computer when you purchase a new one from the same company. The District’s website has a list of these programs
  • Recycle at an authorized recycling center. has a list off year round outlets and upcoming electronics recycling events
  • Give your electronic devices a new life by ensuring the valuable resources contained inside are recycled. If you have questions about electronics recycling, call our Recycling Hotline at 946-7766
Michelle Balz is the Assistant Solid Waste District Manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Michelle Balz is the Assistant Solid Waste District Manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District