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Waste & Recycling April 26, 2023 01:34:51 AM

Akron, OH Preparing New Strategy for Citywide Glass Recycling

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The program would begin with between five and seven drop-off locations, with the idea to eventually expand the number of locations to one in each ward.

Akron, OH Preparing New Strategy for Citywide Glass Recycling

SEATTLE (Waste Advantage): Akron residents who’ve been asked to avoid mixing glass jars and bottles in with other items collected for the city’s curbside recycling program can soon explore a new avenue to cut down on waste. After weeks of gathering community input via online survey, the city is preparing to set up centralized recycling drop-off centers for glass recyclables. The program would begin with between five and seven drop-off locations, with the idea to eventually expand the number of locations to one in each ward.

It’s an idea that officials believe could save Akron hundreds of thousands of dollars. Emily Collins, strategic advisor to Mayor Dan Horrigan, said more than 1,000 residents have responded to the survey since it went live in early March. The city continues to invite responses, she said, while it finalizes details of the pilot program. Trial and error will help Akron to discern best drop-off locations, she said. “We would really need to see how people are utilizing each (drop-off recycling location); we want to collect as many glass recyclables as we can, and we want to do it in a way that as many residents as possible can access these sites,” Collins said. “Right now, we are basing our locations on interest, but that’s probably not the best long-term solution.

“Mostly, we are really interested in making sure that we are locating the drop-off recycling large bins equitably, and we want to make sure people have access to them. And surveys have shown us that people are worried about the distance to drop off.”

Courtesy: www.wasteadvantagemag.com

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