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Recycling Has Raised More Than $26K For Cleveland Heights So Far

Last year, the city sold a little more than $159,000 in recycled materials.

The City of Cleveland Heights has raised more than $26,500 from selling recycled materials so far this year.

The city hosted a last week to educate residents about the importance of recycling and to gather input.

Councilwoman Bonnie Caplan, who often talks about the recycling program at council meetings, said last year the city sold a little more than $159,000 in recycled materials.

"Not bad for the little city that could," she said in an email.

In 2011, nearly 60 percent of the city's waste was recycled, which saved $699,700, as it costs $25 per ton to take it to the landfill, said Alex Mannarino, Cleveland Heights public works director, by email.

He added that recycling usually picks up in the spring, summer and fall.

"It really matters for the environment, and it really matters for the community," said Caplan at the .

For more information about the recycling program, collection times and a list of accepted items, click here.

Akiva Feinstein May 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
I am curious how we have such a big number (60%) when it appears that residents are not recycling in that percentage. Perhaps the city sorts the trash and extracts recyclables. If that is so, what is the advantage of residents taking the time to sort recycling at the curb?
Michelle Simakis May 15, 2012 at 06:57 PM
I was surprised by that number, too, and double checked with the public works department.
Sam Bell May 16, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Kudos to the city and its refuse and recycling workers. Residential recycling rates vary considerably among neighborhoods, indicating a potential need for more public education. Most of us could do better if we made it more of a priority.

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