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China is enforcing a new policy that bans imports of 24 types of solid waste, including recyclable materials. While that has many in the United States worried, the local recycling industry says these new rules should not hurt Central Ohio. 

Christmas is over and your once glorious evergreen seems to have lost its luster and is dropping pine needles on the floor.

It's time to cart your fir or spruce off for recycling.

Few inventions in modern history have been as successful as plastic. It's in vehicles and building materials and most of our electronic devices. We wrap stuff in it and even wear it.

Now a research team has tallied up how much plastic has been produced and where much of it has gone. Turns out, it's literally almost everywhere.

A to Z Recycling on East 17th Avenue in Columbus.
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A crackdown on illegal scrap yard activities that found grave markers, beer kegs, copper wire and tons of shredded plastic has wrapped up with a sixth conviction of a Central Ohio company.

Students at UC's Blue Ash campus have an odd request: They want your old toothbrush.

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Columbus City Council votes Monday night on whether to accept the only bid to run the city’s recycling program. The vendor would stay the same and residents would still get free curbside recycling, but the city would pay a lot more.

Curious Cbus: What Happens To My Trash?

May 24, 2016
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This story is part of the Curious Cbus project. You ask the questions, you vote on one of the questions, and we answer. To ask your question, visit The first question came from Jon Hsu:

What happens to our waste (trash, recycling, yard waste) once it's collected? Where does it actually go?

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Ohio leads the country in the number of insurance claims for thefts of copper and other kinds of metals.

Small Fires At Columbus Recycling Plant Still Flicker

May 3, 2015
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Fire crews remain at the Phoenix Recycling complex after a large fire Friday spewed thick black smoke into the air over Ohio's capital city and prompted nearby residents to remain indoors.

Local Residents Team Up To Make Columbus Restaurants Waste Free

Dec 5, 2011

A new Benchmarking study shows Columbus lags behind fifteen other metropolitan areas when it comes to fostering small businesses. But local entrepreneurs can find opportunities sometimes in unlikely places. Two such like minded residents, Elizabeth Lessner and Mike Minnix found their business opening literally in the trash. When local entrepreneur Elizabeth Lessner opened her first restaurant Betty's Fine Food and Spirits in the Short North in 2001, recycling was somewhat manageable. But she says as her business grew, recycling became more challenging.