It may surprise you to learn that in Clermont & Adams Counties (and all of Greater Cincinnati), the only plastics allowed in recycling bins are bottles & jugs. Don’t pay attention to the numbers on plastics – if the mouth is smaller than the body, the plastic bottle or jug is recyclable. Some examples of plastics that are not acceptable for recycling are yogurt containers, butter tubs, clear plastic clamshells, polystyrene (Styrofoam), and plastic bags.
Plastic bags do not go in curbside or drop-off recycling bins! Trash bags and shopping bags cannot be recycled at the facilities we send our recyclables to. When bags go to our recycling facilities, they can tangle on the sorting equipment and cause it to break down. Remove your recyclables from bags when you put them in the bin.
Although plastic shopping bags cannot be recycled through our curbside or drop-off recycling programs, recycling your bags is still possible through special programs. Try bringing your shopping bags to a grocery or department store for recycling. Many stores have plastic bag recycling bins just inside their entryways. Make sure your bags are clean and dry before dropping them off at a store recycling program.
When the holidays are over, make sure you treecycle your live Christmas tree.
Treecycling is the act of recycling your cut Christmas tree, so that it can be used in other capacities. The trees can get a second life after they are chipped (used for mulch and hiking trails), become fish or wildlife habitat, or are utilized for lake and river shoreline stabilization.
Many communities and the Clermont County Park District are offering opportunities for you to treecycle. But before you take your tree to a collection site or haul it to the curb for pick-up, please be sure to remove all lights, tinsel and decorations.
Among Clermont County recycling opportunities: