recycling

Emily Wendler / WVXU

Mariemont, Madeira and Wyoming led the way as Hamilton County recycled nearly 41 tons of metal, glass, plastic and paper last year.

That's an average of 245 pounds per household.

Rounding out the top ten were Montgomery, Glendale, Terrace Park, Amberley Village, Indian Hill, Evendale and Blue Ash.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District estimates the recycling:

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Advanced Community Enhancement (ACE), Building Value, Rumpke and the Uptown Consortium are taking down an old laundromat in Avondale. The hot thing in construction right now is LEED certification for highly efficient and sustainable structures. These organizations though are trying to achieve LEED platinum demolition standards. They're repurposing or recycling 90 percent of the building's materials.

If your once glorious Christmas tree is starting to look a little worse for wear, Hamilton County is ready to help you recycle. Three recycling sites open Saturday. They'll accept trees and other holiday greenery.

Details from Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District:

Saturday, January 4 and January 11, 2014 from noon–3:00 pm, sites will be open to receive holiday greenery.

Locations

This is the last weekend Hamilton County residents may drop-off  yard trimmings for free recycling by the Recycling and Solid Waste District.

Here's what you need to know:

East: Bzak Landscaping – 3295 Turpin Lane (off Rt. 32), Anderson Township MAP

http://keepcincinnatibeautiful.org/

Keep Cincinnati Beautiful is offering a one-day free recycling event Saturday for hard-to-recycle items.

They'll be taking various kinds of e-waste like cell phones and computer components along with plastic grocery bags and number 5 plastics.

The one-stop-drop will be at the Whole Foods in Rookwood Commons.

Full details:

WHEN: Saturday, August 3, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Duke Energy tore apart an old refrigerator Thursday... and not just because someone thought destruction sounded fun. The demonstration highlights Duke's appliance recycling program.

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.

Ann Thompson / WVXU

Glass makes up 15 percent of what Cincinnatians throw out. Beginning this November, Rumpke will recycle it in a brand new St. Bernard facility that sits on the same site as one that burned down a year ago.

Although Rumpke will also recycle paper, plastics and metals at this facility, a big focus is on glass recycling. Very small, refined recycled glass particles are in big demand by glass container and fiberglass insulation companies.

There are eight steps in the glass recycling process:

Mariemont, Wyoming and Montgomery are Hamilton County's top three recycling neighborhoods.

The Recycling and Solid Waste District reports the average household recycled 250 pounds in 2012. That's 14 percent of all waste generated.

A recent study suggests 40 percent of what Hamilton County sends to the landfill could be diverted by recycling.

Rounding out the top ten recycling communities are Terrace Park, Madeira, Blue Ash, Indian Hill, Glendale, Loveland and Evendale.

City of Cincinnati

Now that spring is here, yard work is certain to follow.

The Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste District’s free yard trimmings drop-off sites re-open Saturday, March 23.

You must be a county resident and bring proof such as a driver’s license or utility bill.

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