Cincinnati launches new recycling program

April 9, 2017 by  

Last month, Cincinnati launched a new recycling program with a “first collection” day event in the Enright Ridge Urban Ecovillage community, an eco-friendly area.

The city plans to pick up ‘soft recyclables’, which it defines as various types of household items, as well as clothing. It has entered into a multiyear contract with Simple Recycling, an Ohio company, to provide the service free of charge to residents of the city.

This new type of recycling is to be sorted into orange bags, which are picked up on the same day as the resident’s other refuse. All the person has to do is put the orange bag alongside the other recycling and trash carts. Simple Recycling will drop off replacement orange bags when it picks up the recycling.

Simple Recycling is paying Cincinnati a penny for each pound of recyclables it collects. Officials estimate the recycling could divert approximately 1,000 tons of waste from landfills annually, as well as adding about $70,000 annually in revenue to the city.

Harry Black, the city manager, noted that Cincinnati will benefit from the partnership, both figuratively and literally. The service is free to residents, helps protect the environment, and the city makes money as well. It also continues Cincinnati’s tradition of embracing “green” initiatives.

Efforts like this can benefit if officials work with a flyer printing company to create a mailer explaining the new program in detail to residents.