The Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub is a new non-profit that is a collaboration between the organizers of four different existing programs with 28 years of experience between them: ZeroLandfill Cincinnati, Mount St. Joseph University's Sustainability Committee's Electronics Recycling Days and Beyond the Bin Recycling, and Pleasant Ridge Montessori's Terracycle collection brigades. Collectively, they have kept a total of over 465 tons of items out of the landfill.
After holding events where we either didn't have enough room for what we were able to collect in a day or where we had to throw items in the garbage because we only had space for a short amount of time, we decided to join forces and establish a permanent location where we could receive, sort, and distribute materials all year. With the new space, we believe that we'll be able to keep a MINIMUM of 120 tons of items out of landfills each year.
Many of these materials will go to other non-profit organizations, schools, teachers, and artists in the Greater Cincinnati Area. Other items will be sent to responsible recyclers here in the Tri-State and across the US.
Once the Hub is up and running, we'll have electronics drop-off days twice a month (April-October) and ZeroLandfill take-away days twice a month year round. We'll also have regular warehouse hours year round, so you'll be able to drop items off at your convenience, not just during our Saturday events.
With a permanent space, we'll be able to take more types of items than we were able to accept before. The list is long, but here are just some of the items we'll collect:
-- art supplies
-- school supplies
-- musical instruments
-- all types of clean packaging
-- all clean Styrofoam
-- all clean plastics (#1-#7)
-- clean denim
-- all footwear -- boots, shoes, sandals, etc. (any condition)
-- prescription eyeglasses and sunglasses
-- dried markers and highlighters
-- empty, clean kitty litter buckets
-- gardening and other tools
-- corrugated cardboard (we'll reuse boxes to ship items out for recycling).
(*There is a fee for dropping off electronics, lightbulbs, and batteries, since we'll need to pay for transportation and hazardous waste disposal fees when we send these items to certified recyclers.)
Initially, the Hub will be run by volunteers, but, eventually it will be staffed by employees, including adults with developmental disabilities.
Once the Hub opens (tentatively March 2021), ZeroLandfill takeaway events will allow the public to take design materials like carpet squares and wallpaper samples for free. Teachers will be able to create wish lists of items needed for their classrooms. The Hub will also have a classroom, where education will focus on the “Three Rs” of sustainability: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
To help us get the Hub up and running, though, we first need to get the Hub itself. We are beginning a capital campaign to raise $1,000,000 to buy a warehouse and to renovate and upgrade it to fit our needs. Please consider donating to help us achieve this goal.
Thank you in advance for any help you can give us to make the Hub a reality!
-- The Cincinnati Recycling and Reuse Hub Board of Directors
Colleen McSwiggin, Managing Director
Carrie Harms, Associate Director
Erin Fay, President
Mary Ann Mecher
Gwen Z Roth