recycling

Sam Hendren

Columbus City Council has approved the second year of a five-year agreement for curbside yard waste and recycling, despite a huge cost increase.

Scoot over, cans; cartons are moving in on your shelf space. Specifically, the soft, light rectangular containers commonly associated with juice boxes — "aseptic cartons" to the carton literati.

"They're growing in popularity," says Jason Pelz, vice president of recycling projects for the Carton Council, an industry group. "Broth is predominantly in aseptic packaging now, and you see a lot of coconut water in it."

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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 wosu.org/curious. 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.

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