End of School Year Presents Reuse and Recycling Opportunities

In the next month, students across Clermont County will be getting ready for summer break, and excitedly cleaning out desks, lockers and classrooms. Clermont Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District are contracting with Rumpke Recycling to implement a pilot program in two Clermont County schools to attempt to increase recycling items from the classrooms before the end of the school year. Rumpke Recycling will be delivering 65-gallon recycling carts to CNE Elementary and Merwin Elementary approximately two weeks before the end of school.

This is a unique pilot project to see how much and what type of materials can be collected. The volume and quality of the materials collected will be recorded, which will help us expand the project next year to make a larger impact on reducing the amount of solid waste that enters our landfill from end-of-school year waste.

Clermont SWCD and Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District would like to ask all Clermont County schools and teachers to keep in mind the amount of recyclables that are put into our landfills during the last week of school. We would like to encourage staff and students to be conscious of the opportunities for recycling as you clean out your classrooms, desks, and lockers. To ensure success, be sure to place some type of recycling container in each classroom and in the halls near lockers. Containers can be as simple as cardboard boxes. The practice of placing both the trash and the recycling containers side by side has been found to increase recycling.

We would also like to encourage teachers to place boxes in their classrooms for items that can be donated. Items such as pencils, pens, erasers, crayons, markers, glue, unused paper, pencil sharpeners, etc. that can be used by others can be collected and donated. If you find that you have a large quantity of these items, we will help you find places for them.

If you have any recycling questions, please email the Adams-Clermont Solid Waste District or Clermont SWCD.