Office of Environmental Quality

Cincinnati is getting ready to spend $300,000 to clean-up a now closed commercial food waste composting facility in Winton Hills.  

There is 40,000 cubic yards of unfinished compost material at the location on Este Avenue.  The stench it is creating has been upsetting nearby residents for several months.  

City Council approved the final piece of funding Wednesday for the clean-up.  

Mayor John Cranley criticized the city department that created the compost site.

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.

City of Cincinnati website

Officials are working to update the city's sustainability plan called Green Cincinnati.  

Environmental Quality Director Larry Falkin said it's the roadmap preparing the city to be environmentally, economically and socially successful in competitions with other cities and parts of the world.  

The plan was drafted in 2007 and city council adopted it a year later.  

Now Falkin said it's time for an update.