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November 2007

Green Cincinnati recycling plan set
Goal of 50% increased recycling to be reached in 4 year period

Cincinnati, Ohio Mayor, Mark Mallory, launched a new push to increase recycling in Cincinnati. The Green Cincinnati Recycling Plan sets the goal of increasing recycling in Cincinnati by 50% over the next 4 years.

The Mayor revealed four new downtown recycling drop-off locations, a new webpage where citizens can sign up for recycling on-line, and a recycling program for tailgate parties before Bengals home games.

Currently, Cincinnati recycles about 9.19% of its total waste, which equals less trash in the landfill. By increasing recycling to 15%, the City of Cincinnati will increase the rebate that it receives from the Hamilton County Solid Waste District, which will reduce the cost of the City’s recycling program.

Cincinnati currently receives a rebate of $26 per ton of recycling. The rebate increases to $30 per ton if the city increases its recycling to 10%, which is the goal by the end of the year. The rebate will increase to $34 per ton by recycling 15% of the city’s waste.

The new recycling drop-off locations in downtown Cincinnati provides access to recycling for people who work downtown and for downtown residents who live in apartments or condos and do not have access to curbside recycling.

The tailgate party recycling program has been organized by Mayor Mallory’s Young Professionals Kitchen Cabinet (YPKC) and the Cincinnati Department of Public Services.

At each game there are 16 bottle-shaped recycling bins in the tailgating area and YPKC members encourage fans to recycle bottles, cans and other recyclables, rather than throw them away.