Lake and Geauga communities busy with recycling and ‘Littercizing’
If residents aren’t unloading unwanted recyclables weekdays at the Bowhall Road trash drop off site in Painesville Township, they are “Littercizing” Sunday mornings in Willoughby or recycling household hazardous waste during the summer month adidas originals s for Geauga County residents.
Earth Day, which is Thursday, will spotlight such environmental, recycling and volunteer programs that last at least through spring, summer and early fall in almost every town in Northeast Ohio.
Lake County Commissioner Raymond E. Sines said some cities, villages and townships are busier because more communities are handling their own recycling and the county landfill is decreasing in usage.
“I believe it’s about a 10 percent drop in landfill usage because of a decrease in construction waste in this economy with little building,” Sines said. “The county is also putting the recycling back to the community. And what we’ve done is give about $1 million to all cities and towns divided by population. Some do curbside pick up or drop off.”
“The townships are the majority of drop offs in eastern Lake County,” he said. “Perry, Painesville and Madison townships do drop offs because they’ve got bins and they pick up as needed. Painesville Township has the adidas originals most sites and I think it’s the busiest.”
Painesville Township Administrator Lee R. Bodnar agrees. The township started its busy schedule April 7 with drop off service on various days at 55 Fairport Nursery Road.
Drop off service started at other sites last week. One is Saturday recycling at 55 Nye Road. Monday through Friday at the busiest site, which is next to the township fire station at 141 Bowhall Road.
“What we offer is a variety of services, including a residential curbside brush pickup June 7. If f adidas originals or some reason we get overwhelming responses, we partner with Riverside High students volunteering from the athletic department in the spring and drama club in the fall,” Bodnar said.
In western Lake County, cities like Wickliffe and Willoughby stay busy as do many volunteers who help them.
“We’ve had some years with 65 t adidas originals ons of glass, 53 tons of metal, 288 tons of paper and newspapers, 41 tons of plastic and lots of corrugated cardboard, most of it for recycling. The stipend from the county especially helps with pickups,” said Patricia Fowler, Wickliffe’s city programs coordinator.
“We have a number of community and Scout volunteers who help on various projects,” she said. “Some have adopted local parks. On this Earth Day, all students will help in a cleanup of the perimeter at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic School, and others will work on May 8 at Wickliffe Cemetery.
“It seems the city is really good at maintaining itself.”
At the Willoughby Service Department, agency secretary Debra Mastrangelo keeps track of drop offs, pick ups and recycling in her weekday job. But she also serves as president of the Clean City Commission and is an off hours volunteer on environmental projects. to noon Saturday in front of City Hall. It costs $10 for one space or $15 for two spaces. Each space will cost $15 on Saturday. Fees are nonrefundable.
“It’s to help people get rid of used materials and junk. One person’s junk is someone else’s treasure. So as of right now, all our space is used up with 70 spaces,” Mastrangelo said. Sundays to clean up weekend litter on streets around Erie Street, Willoughby’s chief downtown area.
“We call it ‘Littercize.’ We pick up all the litter downtown,” Mastrangelo said. “It’s like walking in the woods for an hour for the cans, the bottles, any kind of litter and newspapers. We keep our bags separate, cans in one and bottles in another, then take them to the drop off site on Vine Street.”
Like most other towns, Willoughby collects most kinds of waste products.
The Geauga County/Trumbull County Solid Waste District last year collected a lot of waste, including 1.58 tons of commingled recyclables in Geauga County.