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.

10:00 Predictions for what type of winter will hit Central Ohio has many people wondering if this will be the harshest winter weather Ohio has seen in a while. On this segment of "All Sides," we'll be joined by a local meteorologist to discuss what we should expect for winter. Guest