Bay recycling rate takes a leap

Bay residents’ yard waste in brown paper bags or containers clearly marked “Yard Waste” like the one above will be composted at Kurtz Bros. in Avon.

New Program Doubles Recycling Rate

A new program to expand recycle and compost capabilities was introduced in Bay Village in the first half of 2011. The program was made available through Republic Services, the city’s recycle and refuse hauler. The benefits of the program are already being seen in the recycle and landfill statistics. The expansion of the curbside collection services include:

  • You can now recycle all of your paper and cardboard curbside. You can still recycle your bottles, cans, and plastics No. 1 and No. 2 curbside.
  • Yard waste is also being diverted from the landfill and taken in a separate truck to a compost facility. (The yard waste must be in brown yard waste bags or in separate containers marked “Yard Waste.”)

As a result of the new program, the amount of waste being landfilled declined by a whopping 27% when you compare the three months ending Sept. 30, 2011, to the same period in 2010. The curbside recycling more than doubled, and the remaining reduction of landfill waste is attributed to yard waste that is now being composted. This is a very significant decrease in the amount of waste being landfilled and Bay residents are to be commended for their quick adoption of the new program. 

Mayor Debbie Sutherland is enthusiastic about the impact of the program. “Although change is difficult, hats off to our residents who have embraced this new service and made a positive impact on our planet," she said. "Keep up the good work!”

Timeframe                                               Curbside Recycling       Landfill Waste

Three months ending Sept. 30, 2011                 404 tons                1,561 tons

Three months ending Sept. 30, 2010                 193 tons                2,145 tons

Let’s work together to further increase our recycle rate! To do this, simply place all recyclable materials in the Green Recycle Container and make sure your yard waste is in a brown yard waste bag or container clearly marked “Yard Waste.”

Remember to join Recyclebank and get great rewards for your recycling. Sign up for Recyclebank Rewards by registering at Recyclebank.com. You will earn points for your Home Recycling (Green Recycle Container) which can be used to receive discounts at participating local and national merchants. You can also call Recyclebank and register by phone at 1-888-727-2978.

So, what is now being recycled curbside?

Your Green recycle container is for your recyclable materials:

  • All plastic bottles, glass bottles, metal and aluminum cans
  • All plastics labeled No. 1 or No. 2 (such as plastic food containers)
  • All paper – mail, school paper, office paper, shredded paper, magazines, newspaper
  • Cardboard – both corrugated or non-corrugated (such as Kleenex boxes, paper towel tubes)

NOTE: Items must be in the Green Recycle Bin to be picked up by the Recycle Truck. Please do not leave your cardboard on the tree lawn – it will not be recycled.

And, how do I make sure that my yard waste is composted?

Use a Container Clearly Marked “Yard Waste” or Brown Compostable Paper Bags for Yard Waste:

Your yard waste is picked up by a separate truck by Republic Services and taken to Kurtz Bros. in Avon where it is composted and turned to a rich soil amendment within 90-120 days. The compost product is mixed with clay soil and sand and becomes a top soil which is used by area landscapers and homeowners. It is also available as compost, which can be mixed with soil as a rich soil amendment. Yard waste is collected April 15 through Dec. 15 of each year.

Place your yard waste (grass clippings, plant clippings and small twigs) in brown compostable yard waste bags or in a trash container clearly marked “Yard Waste.” Approved "Yard Waste Only" stickers for your trash cans are available from the Bay Village Green Team for $1.50 and can be purchased at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall.

Visit www.bayvillagegreenteam.com for more details on the new recycling and trash pickup program, as well as additional ways to recycle beyond the curb and reduce waste at home.

Brenda OReilly

Co-Chair of the Bay Village Green Team

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 11:28 AM, 11.01.2011