CINCINNATI — Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Jane Prendergast is soliciting feedback from city residents about whether they recycle more, after having received larger recycling carts as part of the city’s improved curbside recycling program. It has been a year since most residents traded in their 18 gallon bins for 64 or 96 gallon wheeled carts with radio frequency identifier chips to track tons recycled by household. City of Cincinnati Office of Environmental Quality Director Larry Falkin reported that 71% of the city’s households were recycling by the end of 2011, up from 40% before the carts were distributed. This led to recovery of 17% of the city’s waste stream, and a savings of $930,731over the old program.
– Melissa K. English, Development Director, Ohio Citizen Action