Today, the City of Cleveland will install an additional 30 recycling bins as part of the City’s Downtown Recycling Project and ongoing efforts to increase recycling rates and materials diverted from landfills.
The second round of recycle bins will include locations in the Downtown Cleveland area near the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Great Lakes Science Center and First Energy Stadium, as well as the Ohio City neighborhood along West 25th Street near the West Side Market. The 30 new recycle bins will supplement the existing 40 bins in the downtown area, which have diverted more than 15 tons of recyclable material since their installation in February 2014.
“We are very excited to continue expanding recycling services in the downtown area,” said Jenita McGowan, Chief of Sustainability. “Given the success of the first 40 recycle bins, we look forward to tracking the waste diversion from the new bins. With 2014 being the Year of Zero Waste, the recycle bins provide opportunities for the public to recycle in high traffic areas downtown and their presence is a visible way for residents, employees and tourists to understand that Cleveland is committed to sustainability and to do their part by recycling.”
Each recycle bin has a blue lid to distinguish it from waste receptacles and is equipped with a messaging panel indicating what materials are accepted. Acceptable materials include:
- Plastic Containers (numbered #1 through #7)
- Glass Containers (all colors)
- Aluminum Cans
Funding for the recycle bins comes from the City of Cleveland’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program, a program of the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).