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)

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 So what to do with those outdated electronics?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. HamiltonCountyRecycles.org 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

Recycle unwanted electronics, (possibly) score Reds tickets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DATE: May 2, 2016
CONTACT: Joy Landry, (513) 946-7754

PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Event Returns

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District proudly supports the seventh annual PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drive. This is a great opportunity for area residents to safely dispose of and recycle their unwanted electronics and possibly score free Reds game tickets.

The PNC/Players for the Planet E-Waste Recycling Drives take place as follows:

  • Thursday, May 5, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PNC Bank/Kroger in Northgate Square: 9650 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, 45251
  • Friday, May 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PNC Bank/Kroger in Anderson Towne Center: 7500 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, 45230
  • Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at PNC Bank/Kroger in Hyde Park Plaza: 3740 Paxton Road, Cincinnati, 45209

The first 300 cars at each event will receive two free tickets to a select 2016 regular season Reds game. A minimum $10 donation per car is suggested to offset recycling costs and to benefit the Reds Community Fund.

The 2015 Players for the Planet recycling drive collected nearly 200,000 pounds of electronic waste from over 2,000 cars.

A full list of acceptable electronics can be found online.

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Yard trimming sites open first two Saturdays in January for holiday greenery composting

Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District hosts three yard trimmings drop-off sites free-of-charge to Hamilton county residents. Read guidelines below prior to taking advantage of this service.

  • District no longer mails flyers. To receive notification about program, click here.
  • If you prefer to compost your yard trimmings at home, click here for information on backyard composting.
  • If you live in city of Cincinnati and want to learn more about city’s bi-weekly curbside collection program, click here.

HOURS

Jan. 2 and 9, 2016
Noon to 3 p.m.
*Bzak Landscaping is open Jan. 4–8, 2016 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m. in addition to the Saturday hours.

March 19–Nov. 27, 2016
Saturdays and Sundays
11:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
*Bzak Landscaping is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during week in addition to weekend hours. Closed March 27, May 30, July 4, Sept. 5, and Nov. 24, 2016.

THREE LOCATIONS

  1. East: Bzak Landscaping*—3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township
  2. North: Rumpke Landfill—Struble Road and Colerain Avenue, Colerain Township
  3. West: Kuliga Park—6717 Bridgetown Road, Green Township

Material MUST be bundled or bagged and site operator reserves the right to refuse unbundled material. Dumping material outside of program hours is prohibited. All sites closed March 27, 2016.

Additional locations

GUIDELINES

  • Brush and tree branches must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less and must be no larger than 12 inches in diameter
  • Brush and tree branches must be bundled with twine. Bundles must not be heavier than 50 pounds
  • Yard trimmings must be brought to locations in containers or bags—brown paper bags preferred
  • Before dropping off your Christmas tree, please remove ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc.
  • Containers and plastic bags will be returned
  • Yard trimmings in commercial vehicles or from commercial establishments cannot be accepted
  • No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups
  • No pallets, boards, nails, fence or wire accepted
  • No bricks, stones or soil accepted
  • Illegal dumping prohibited
  • All children must stay inside vehicles
  • Hamilton County residents only

Paper shred providers, events make tax season more fun

Although Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District does not provide paper shred events, there are some opportunities for residents to take advantage of throughout the region. Listed below are some events and providers. If you know of more, contact Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District.

  • Shred-It (formerly Cintas) provides shredding services. Currently, the Shred-it website is being updated and does not list shred events. Please call 513-301-0505 for assistance in locating an event.
  • Document Destruction provides on-site shredding services.
  • Contact Shred Nations for paper shredding options.
  • Office Depot and Staples offer shredding for a fee.

FREE Paper Shredding Events

KEMBA Credit Union Locations

Bridgetown Branch
5844 Bridgetown Rd.
Cincinnati, OH 45248

Florence Branch
8880 Bankers Rd.
Florence, KY 41042

West Chester Branch
8763 Union Centre Blvd.
West Chester, OH 45069

Saturday, April 18
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

WLWT, Kemba Credit Union and Shred-It are joining forces to help you protect your identity.

FREE Paper Shredding Event

Winton Woods High School Parking Lot
1231 West Kemper Road
Forest Park, Ohio 45240

Saturday, May 23
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Contact Forest Park Environmental Awareness Program at 513-595-5263

Mariemont tops in recycling

Hamilton County residents recycled 40,350 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper in 2014. Residents saved resources, conserved energy, and reduced pollution by recycling. Communities with the ten highest recycling rates are:

  1. Mariemont, 33.28%
  2. Wyoming, 28.83%
  3. Montgomery, 27.64%
  4. Terrace Park, 27.32%
  5. Indian Hill, 26.66%
  6. Madeira 25.66%
  7. Glendale, 25.00%
  8. Blue Ash, 24.16%
  9. Amberley Village, 23.10%
  10. Evendale, 22.10%

The recycling efforts in Hamilton County:

  • Conserved enough energy to power every home in Hamilton County for six days.
  • Reduced more air pollution than if one person from every household in Hamilton County rode their bicycle to work for four weeks.
  • Saved 331,119 trees from being harvested.

Recycling reduces pollution so the air we breathe is cleaner, conserves natural resources so we will have them to use in the future, and decreases the energy needed to make new products. Recycling also boosts our local economy by creating 169,000 jobs (4.3% of all jobs) just in the State of Ohio.

On average, each household in Hamilton County recycled 232 pounds in 2014. That’s 14.47% of all the waste generated. The following items are accepted in curbside and drop-off recycling programs:

  • plastic bottles and jugs (lids are OK if left on empty bottle)
  • glass bottles and jars
  • aluminum and steel cans
  • empty aerosol cans (remove tips)
  • newspapers, magazines, phone books and brown paper grocery bags
  • junk mail, office paper and envelopes
  • cardboard, paperboard (i.e. cereal boxes) and clean pizza boxes
  • paper cartons (i.e. milk, juice and soup cartons)

To learn more about what can be recycled, download free Recycling Guide at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org. For more information about recycling in Hamilton County, call Recycling Hotline at 513-946-7766, or interact on Twitter (@HamCoRecycling) and Facebook.

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Dos and Don’ts of Recycling

Guest Column from Michelle Balz

Recycling is one of the easiest ways you can help the environment. However, it can be a bit confusing.

Here’s what you can recycle: any plastic bottle or jug, as long as the mouth is smaller than the rest of the container. Milk jugs, liquid laundry detergent jugs and shampoo bottles all qualify.

Glass bottles can also go in your curbside bin or cart, including jelly, tomato sauce, pickle and salsa jars. Remember to rinse out the container and remove the lid, which goes into your recycle bin separately.

All food-related metal cans are recyclable such as tuna fish, soup, fruit and vegetable cans. Metal beverage cans, such as pop, juice and beer cans, are also recyclable.

When it comes to paper, here’s an easy tip: if you can tear it, you can put it in your recycle bin. This goes for any paper that has not touched food. And now you can recycle paper cartons such as milk, orange juice, soups and juice boxes. Remove the caps or straws and drop the empty carton into your recycle bin or cart. If you have shredded paper from old bills or documents, put them in a clear plastic bag inside your cart to prevent littering.

Now for the tricky and overlooked items you can recycle. Empty aerosol cans – just remove the tip. The empty cardboard rolls of bathroom tissue and paper towels – you can recycle those too. We all love pizza, so recycle the clean box by removing food-stained paper or cardboard linings.

Here are the recycling don’ts: yogurt, butter and margarine containers. Clam shells and Styrofoam container are not recyclable. For paper products, do not recycle paper plates and napkins or bound books (consider donating them to Better World Books). Cooking glassware, light bulbs and broken glass do not belong in your recycle bin. When it comes to metal products, rule out metal hangers, scrap metal and aluminum foil.

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to call our Recycling Hotline at 513-946-7766. You can find a complete list of what you can, and cannot, put in your recycle bin/cart or your local drop-off site at HamiltonCountyRecycles.org.

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Michelle Balz is the assistant solid waste manager for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District

Yard trimmings drop-off sites open March 29

Hamilton County residents can drop off their yard trimmings for free at three drop-off locations during hours listed below. Approximately 7,000 tons of yard trimmings is collected each year. If you prefer to compost your yard trimmings at home, click here for information on backyard composting.

LOCATIONS

  • East: Bzak Landscaping – 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township MAP
  • West: Kuliga Park – 6717 Bridgetown Road, Green Township MAP
  • North: Rumpke Landfill – Struble Road and Colerain Avenue, Colerain Township MAP

HOURS

March 29 through Nov. 23, 2014

Saturdays and Sundays
11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All sites closed Sunday, April 20, 2014

Jan. 3 and 10, 2015

Saturdays ONLY*
Noon to 3 p.m.

*Bzak Landscaping is also open during the week, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in addition to the weekend hours (after March 29, 2014). Closed May 26, July 4, and Sept. 1, 2014

GUIDELINES

  • Brush and tree branches must be cut into lengths of 4 feet or less and must be no larger than 12 inches in diameter.
  • Brush and tree branches must be bundled with twine. Bundles must not be heavier than 50 pounds.
  • Yard trimmings must be brought to locations in containers or bags – brown paper bags preferred.
  • Before dropping off your Christmas tree, please remove ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc.
  • Containers and plastic bags will be returned.
  • Yard trimmings in commercial vehicles or from commercial establishments cannot be accepted.
  • No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
  • No pallets, boards, nails, fence, or wire accepted.
  • No bricks, stones, or soil accepted.
  • All children must stay inside vehicles.
  • Hamilton County residents only.

Recycle your tree

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Megan Hummel, Public Relations Coordinator
513-946-7748

Recycle Your Christmas Tree

HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio – Recycle your Christmas tree and holiday greenery at the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free program. Yard trimmings drop-off sites will be open on Saturday, January 4 and Saturday, January 11 from noon to 3 p.m. to turn Christmas trees and other yard trimmings into mulch. Remove all decorations, tinsel, ornaments and tree bags from holiday greenery.

Locations for the yard trimmings drop-off sites are:

  • East: Bzak Landscaping, 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32) in Anderson Township
  • West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Road in Green Township
  • North: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, 3800 Struble Road (and Colerain Avenue) in Colerain Township

Yard Trimmings Drop-Off Rules:

  • Remove all ornaments, tinsel, tree bags, etc.
  • Landscapers and commercial establishments are not eligible to participate in this program.
  • Hamilton County residents only. Bring proof of residency.
  • No large trailers or trucks larger than pickups.
  • Cut brush and tree branches into lengths of 4 feet or less – branches must not exceed 1 foot in diameter.
  • Bundle brush and tree branches with twine – bundles must not be heavier than 50 pounds or;
  • Bring yard trimmings to the location in containers or bags – brown paper bags preferred.
  • Containers and plastic bags will be returned.
  • No pallets, boards, nails, fence, wire, bricks, stones, or soil accepted.
  • All children must stay inside vehicles.

A YouTube video showing the life cycle of a Christmas tree is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RexKsbI1ZI&feature=share&list=UUO5uw-9wvkjsuYx2UIQIICA&index=8.

For more information, please call the Recycling Hotline at 946-7766, visit www.HamiltonCountyRecycles.org, or interact with us on Twitter (@HamCoRecycling) and Facebook (www.Facebook.com/HamiltonCountyRecycling).

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