Curbside Recycling

A Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio study of the materials going into the county landfill shows more than three-quarters could be recycled or composted.


This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. I don't know about you, but I've been really confused lately about how and what I should be recycling. And I'm confused about what happens to my recycling after it's carted away. I'm referring to plastics and paper as well as electronics, including old phones and computers. We used to ship a lot of our waste to China for recycling. But recently, China stopped taking it. Now what? What are governments doing and what is industry doing to deal with the problem of waste?

When curbside recycling caught on in the 1970s, it was mostly about cans, glass, cardboard and paper. That's how Donald Sanderson remembers it.

Sanderson is 90 years old, an earnest man with a ready smile. Every Thursday in Woodbury, N.J., where he lives, he hauls a big blue recycling bin out to the curb. Recycling is close to his heart. "I guess you could say I'm the father of recycling," he says. "I don't know if that's good or bad."

The City of Columbus is launching an educational campaign to help residents know what can and can't be recycled.  

Central Ohio's recycling rate is now 49 percent, according to newly-released figures from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio. 

Five more Franklin County municipalities are rolling out curbside recycling carts through a partnership with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.

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Columbus City Council last night approved spending 5.6 million dollars in capital improvement bond money to fund grants to build homes for needy families. 

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Recycling rates in Franklin County have reached an all-time high. 

A study commissioned by the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio shows the region's recycling industry created thousands of jobs and generated more than one billion dollars in annual revenue.

Columbus City Council last night approved the second year of a planned five-year contract with Rumpke for curbside recycling and yard waste pickup.

When the City of Columbus signed a 5-year, 45 million dollar contract with Rumpke for curbside collection of yard waste and recyclables in March, City Council members urged officials to try and find ways to lower those costs.

Columbus City Council last night approved a contract with Rumpke to collect recyclables and yard waste over the next five years.

More Columbus residents will be able to recycle for free next year.

The City of Columbus is expanding its free curbside recycling program to some area businesses.

Columbus' curbside recycling program saved the city 1.2 million dollars in landfill tipping fees through the end of May.

Columbus city officials say a growing number of residents are using the free curbside recycling program.