OWENSVILLE – The numbers are in.
The Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District conducted an audit Feb. 21 at its recycling drop-off in the parking lot of Pattison Park Lakeside. The goal was to see what kind of items were in the receptacles and if – in fact – they were recyclable.
Of the 670 pounds of material pulled from the receptacles, 396 pounds worth were recyclable items, which works out to 59 percent.
The largest category of recyclables (19.6 percent) was cardboard, followed by glass (17 percent) and recyclable paper (14 percent). Others categories included recyclable plastics, metals and aseptic items.
On the other side of the coin, construction debris and furniture (12.9 percent) made up the largest chunk of contaminants. Miscellaneous (9.4 percent) and books (7.3 percent) were the next largest offenders.
“The (solid waste) district was interested in conducting an initial waste sort … in order to collect baseline data,” according to the report from GT Environmental. “The district would like to obtain information on the specific types of contaminants that are commonly deposited with acceptable recyclables … so the district can make necessary adjustments to its messaging and educational efforts.”
“A second audit will occur after the education and outreach program has been implemented. Data from the second audit will be compared to the data in this report to determine the effectiveness of the education and outreach program.”
The audit and ensuing educational campaign are funded by a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
“We have a long history working with the Solid Waste District,” said Chris Clingman, Clermont Park District Director. “We both want to preserve and protect Clermont County’s natural resources, so kicking off the education campaign at Pattison Park a great fit.
“We hope people continue to take advantage of the free recycling opportunities we have in the county. But in order for it to work, people need to know what they can and can’t put in the bins.”
See a list of appropriate materials to recycle right here.
“We’ll be rolling out the education campaign at all of the drop-off spots in Clermont County over the next several years,” said Solid Waste District Director Hannah Lubbers. “We’ll hope to see less contamination in the drop-off – things like plastic bags, polystyrene, garbage, et cetera.”
To see the complete report from GT Environmental, please click here.
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.