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.
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.”
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.
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.