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)

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

Mobile vending program launches July 26

CINCINNATI — If you don’t drive, and there’s not a grocery store nearby, getting stocked up can be pretty difficult. A new city program launched to help tackle that problem and put neighborhood farmers in business for themselves. Neighborhoods such as Over-the-Rhine have seen a lot of new development, but not necessarily a lot of fresh food options. In response, the new Cincinnati mobile produce vendor program, which launched July 26 in front of Park + Vine, is creating access to healthy, local food. Carriage House Farm of North Bend is playing the starring role with a truckload of sweet corn, salad mix, cucumbers and zucchini, kale mix, swiss chard, green and wax bean mix, leeks, basil and other seasonal foods. Our farmer friends are here every Friday 4 to 7 p.m.

Most locations, including Park + Vine, have hours from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. It costs $125 in permits and fees to set up shop, and the city will monitor this pilot program through the end of the year. For more information, contact Robin Henderson at Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality at 513-352-5340 or robin.henderson @ cincinnati-oh . gov

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Mobile produce vending location in front of Park + Vine

Mobile produce vending location in front of Park + Vine

First of two utility aggregation hearings Jan. 30

On Election Day November 2011, Cincinnati voters overwhelmingly approved Issues 44 and 45, authorizing the city to negotiate group buying rates for electricity and natural gas – and provide savings to residents and small businesses. The City administration released its proposed electric plan and natural gas plan Jan. 25.

City Council’s Budget and Finance Committee will hold two public hearings on the proposed plans:

  1. Monday, Jan. 30, 6 p.m.
  2. Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m.

Both hearings are in City Council Chambers, Room 300 City Hall, 801 Plum Street

Besides helping residents and small businesses get the best market rates, the plans include goals to utilize and encourage renewable energy development and to encourage energy efficiency measures. Check out the council motion that details how these ideas might be implemented.

Photo: City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality

Photo: City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality

Link between pizza and recycling revealed today

It’s very likely that the city is preparing to announce we can now include pizza boxes in our recycling routine. Cincinnati Mark Mallory, Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality and Rumpke Recycling are gathering 2 p.m. today, Oct 22 at LaRosa’s, 2411 Boudinot Ave., Westwood, to announce new acceptable items for recycling. Since the event is happening at LaRosa’s, everyone who shows up gets a slice or two of pizza. Herein lies the link with recycling.


Environmental Justice Ordinance vote June 17

After more than four years of working on environmental legislation, Councilman David Crowley is calling for a final vote on the Environmental Justice Ordinance 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 17 at City Hall, 801 Plum St. There will be a rally at 1 p.m. outside City Hall for everyone who wants to see environmental justice codified in our city.

Crawley states that the ordinance offers an added measure of protection from industrial activities that pose significant health risks—protection that we currently do not enjoy. The American Lung Association recently ranked Cincinnati the eighth most-polluted city for year-round particle pollution in its 2009 State of the Air Report.

Councilmember Laketa Cole, Councilmember Roxanne Qualls, Councilmember Cecil Thomas, and Councilmember Greg Harris have already committed their support. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, on the other hand, has launched an aggressive campaign against it. The Chamber states that “requiring businesses and projects in the city limits to obtain an Environmental Justice permit through the City of Cincinnati…would not coordinate with current Ohio and Federal EPA regulations.”

City looking for Green Roof Coordinator

People seeking employment in the local green economy could find their dream job in the city of Cincinnati’s Office of Environmental Quality.

The city is currently advertising for a Green Roof Incentive Program Coordinator. It’s a part-time/temporary position, which amounts to about 20 hours a week.

Send your resume directly to Terri Howard in the Office of Environmental Quality, 805 Central Avenue, Suite 320, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202.

Cincinnati seeking recycling coordinator

This sounds like a potentially cool opportunity: the city of Cincinnati is seeking an experienced professional to manage and expand its recycling initiatives. The salary range is $43,818 to $59,155 annually. The application deadline is July 25, 2008. Download an application packet or call Terri Howard at (513) 352-6991 for details.

Less meat, more local produce in green plan

Here’s even more good news for the citizens of Cincinnati and the local environmental movement: Cincinnati city council Wednesday approved Mayor Mark Mallory’s Green Cincinnati Plan. The goal of the plan is to reduce green house gas emissions by eight-percent in four years, 40 percent in 20 years, and 84 percent by 2050.

A citizen committee chaired by Vice Mayor David Crowley developed the plan. It has 80 specific recommendations to achieve the goals. Those include offering free compact fluorescent light bulbs to low-income residents, asking people to wash their clothes in cold water, and urging consumers to boldly change their eating habits, such as reducing red meat and eating organic produce grown in the region.

Climate Protection Action Plan gets endorsement

You go, Cincinnati. Mayor Mallory’s Climate Protection Steering Committee voted unanimously April 25 to endorse the proposed Climate Protection Action Plan. The plan outlines ways for the city and its citizens to limit the damage that global climate change causes. Here’s the news release from the city’s Office of Environmental Quality:

CINCINNATI – Mayor Mallory’s Climate Protection Steering Committee voted unanimously today to endorse a proposed Climate Protection Action Plan and send the recommendations to the Mayor for review. As part of his Green Cincinnati initiative, Mayor Mallory appointed a Climate Protection Steering Committee last November to develop a regional Climate Protection Action Plan. The Mayor will now review the recommendations and advance the plan to City Council. The recommended plan will help to limit the damage caused by global climate change.

“The Committee has provided an aggressive roadmap for how Cincinnati can become a national leader in addressing global climate change and make Cincinnati a healthier place to live,” Mayor Mallory said. “I want to thank the Steering Committee members for their dedication and expertise in crafting a thorough and visionary plan that will produce results.”

The Climate Protection Action Plan does the following:

  • Identifies 80 specific recommendations for how to reduce contributions to global climate change. The recommended actions generally share several characteristics:
    • effectively reducing green house gas emissions
    • reducing dependence on non-renewable energy sources
    • saving more money than the recommended actions cost
    • supporting local job creation and the local economy
    • helping clean Cincinnati’s air, land, and water
    • improving public health
    • relying on voluntary rather than regulatory approaches
  • Quantifies annual contributions to global climate change at 8.5 million tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) for the City of Cincinnati, and 432,000 tons of CO2e for Cincinnati City Government. At 25.5 tons per person, Cincinnati is slightly above the national average of 24.5 tons per person.
  • Establishes green house gas emission reduction goals of 8% within 4 years, 40% within 20 years, and 84% by 2050 (42 years).
  • Presents a strategy to implement the Plan’s recommendations.

The Climate Protection Action Plan has been developed over the last six months by over 150 Cincinnati professionals and concerned citizens who volunteered their time to the project, led by a Steering Committee appointed by Mayor Mark Mallory and chaired by Vice Mayor David Crowley. Steering Committee Members who endorsed the plan today include: Sandra Meyer, President of Duke Energy of Ohio and Kentucky; Brad Mank, Chair of the City’s Environmental Advisory Council; Hamilton County Commissioner David Pepper; as well as representatives of the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati USA Chamber of Commerce, the Sierra Club, the U.S. Green Building Council, GE Aviation, the American Institute of Architects; the National Technical Association, and citizen representatives.