CLEVELAND — The city of Cleveland’s recycling trip has been a long time coming, and it’s finally moving forward.
The city began picking up curbside materials starting in mid-June. Since then, 42,000 households have registered for the program.
Residents like Patrick Vopat hope their waste will be turned into something new.
“Doing that instead of throwing things in a big landfill, I think it’s really good for the environment,” he said.
Since the program began, the city says it has recycled 167 tons from homes and drop-off sites, which is equivalent to 14 tractor-trailers of debris, according to Ren Brumfield, the city’s recycling coordinator.
All of Cleveland’s recycled materials will be kept in Ohio, with approximately 80% remaining for home use.
It takes about two months for an aluminum can to be transformed into a new one, and only one month for a glass bottle to be recreated. Cardboard has an even smaller lead time, just one to two weeks.
The deployment has been successful so far, but there are still some issues to be resolved, such as what can and cannot be recycled.
“There are a lot of people who haven’t started retraining yet, but I think we’re on the right track,” Brumfield said.
Items such as plastic bags, yard waste and disposable cups for coffee machines cannot go into the blue recycling bins without a sticker to let you know residents are registered.
“The ones without the strikers go in the same truck as the ones with the black bins,” Brumfield said.
Due to an excessive number of residents registered for the program and a backlog of stickers to be mailed out, the city has extended the deadline.
Residents have until August 31 to register.
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