Saturday, October 05, 2002

Forest Park to reward recycling

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        FOREST PARK - Next week, the free stuff starts a-flyin'. It's the latest lure cast to residents shy about recycling.

        In this city where less than half the residents recycle, free curbside recycling bins will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Kroger parking lot, 1212 W. Kemper Road and Oct. 19 at LoBill Foods, 693 Northland Blvd.

        It's the only way residents can participate in the new “Recycling Rewards Program,” which starts in January, and win up to $150 in gift cards.

        Winners can use the cards at a long list of local businesses, which includes Kroger, Kmart, Blockbuster Video, Red Lobster and Burlington Coat Factory.

        This year, the city will collect about 400 tons in recyclables. But that's at least 30 percent less than the 600 tons it collected three years ago, said Wright Gwen, manager of the city's environmental awareness program.

        That translates to a $4,000 loss in funding since each ton collected reaps $20 from the Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District.

        If the city doesn't try something new, it may one day charge residents for curbside pick-up and other services such as used-tire collections.

        The program will work like this: Each month, five households will be targeted at random. Mr. Gwyn will drive by on trash collection day and see if recycling bins are out. The gift cards are theirs if they recycle.

        Information: Call 595-5263 or visit


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