March 2, 2020

Holiday light recycling successful

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A holiday light recycling effort resulted in about a muskox worth of collected light strands.

BATAVIA – The numbers are in.

The Clermont Park District’s partnership with the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District and the Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District to collect and recycle old holiday lights yielded more than 300 pounds.

The agencies placed recycling bins at four locations throughout Clermont County Chilo, Jackson Township, Batavia and Owensville – from Dec. 1, 2019 to Jan. 20, 2020.

“We recycled 319 pounds of holiday lights across the Park District, Solid Waste and SWCD offices,” said Hannah Lubbers, Solid Waste District Director. “Not a bad amount for the first year of the program. We thank everyone for their help with this program.”

So, how much is 319 pounds?

“It’s approximately the weight of a muskox,” Lubbers said. “We didn’t count (individually), but based on the weight, it would likely be four miles of strands.”

A muskox is an Arctic hoofed mammal more closely related to goats than oxen. While it may be a bit of a stretch to make a connection to the North Pole via burnt-out rope lights and a hairy creature known for its funky odor, the four-mile figure is nothing to sneeze at.

“That’s about the combined length of all the hiking trails through Sycamore Park and the adjacent Wilson Nature Preserve,” said Mark D. Motz, Park District community relations manager.

“Looking at it another way, it’s only 5.2 miles from the Hartman Log Cabin – where one of the receptacles was – to the Clermont County Fairgrounds where the another one stood at the Soil & Water office.”

The collected lights went to Cohen Recycling for green disposal.

“This program gave a good, green place to get rid of an item a lot of people probably didn’t even realize was recyclable,” Motz said. “It’s always nice to work with Solid Waste and Soil & Water. We’re glad we could do a little bit to help the environment and preserve our natural resources. It will be nice to see how this program grows over time.”

Mark D. Motz is the Community Relations Manager for the Clermont County Park District. A native Cincinnatian, he has worked for more than 25 years as an award-winning journalist and public relations professional. Away from work, he enjoys photography, theater and spending time with his nine godchildren.

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