Dec 10

Save More Than Food

Posted to 1. Food Waste Management by Mila Susnjar

Last month we mentioned that ReWorks is not the only solid waste management authority/district in Ohio. We all share the same goal – to reduce and manage what goes to landfills – but often we accomplish this goal with different services and programs.

Over the last few years, ReWorks has been working on solutions and sharing information about food waste with other solid waste management authorities/districts from all over the state. Building and sharing a similar message creates unity and lays a strong foundation for any message. Food waste as you most likely know is a significant contributor to landfills.
You might have recently seen some ads with the message “Save More Than Food.” The Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO) created this campaign that we are sharing with residents of Summit County. It has been in Summit County newspapers, social media ads and posts, as well as articles.

Our plans for the next few years include dealing with food waste – on many different levels. Since ReWorks serves Summit County residents (i.e. you!) we would like to hear your opinion. We have a survey (approximately 6 questions) that we anticipate would take about 4-5 minutes of your time. Your answers are anonymous and will only be used to help us craft resources, services, and programs for you.  Here's the link to the survey to help!
Dec 10

Got Cardboard?

Posted to 2. Recycling - Home by Mila Susnjar

This year has been challenging and we’ve all seen many changes. One change has been the increase in shopping and deliveries coming to all our homes and the cardboard boxes associated with this. However if you find that you have too much cardboard to fit into your curbside cart, or you live in a condo or apartment where you may not have the option to recycle at home, we’d like to share an option to consider for recycling cardboard.

River Valley Paper Company has cardboard collections bins at various locations – schools, faith-based organizations, libraries, and parks. These bins are available for anyone to use. Visit this URL, type in your zip code and click the button titled “Find by Zip Code.” A map will display with virtual pins and you can see which location is best suited for you.

River Valley is a company located here in Summit County and the cardboard and paper they collect is recycled.

Regardless if you recycle at home or take your cardboard to another location, cardboard should be dry, no food residue, and flattened before you recycle it.
Dec 10

cREate Works 2020: "Reframing Recycling"

Posted to 3. cREate Works by Mila Susnjar

For the past few years, we have had a program called ‘cREate Works” which harnesses the power of art to share the message of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.” In 2020, the focus of cREate Works was “Reframing Recycling,” which had local photographers use the theme of transformation to photograph and to transform common, everyday recyclables into art.

Recycling is served best only when items that have an end use are placed into our home curbside recycling carts. Recycling can then do its job of transforming that old plastic laundry detergent bottle or flattened cardboard box into a new product.

We hope that this art project, “Reframing Recycling” shares the message that to help recycling, it is best to only place materials in our recycling carts at home that have an end use and therefore can be transformed.

Currently, the list we share for recycling – are the materials that have an end use.
  • Plastic bottles and jugs
  • Cardboard
  • Metal food and beverage cans
  • Cartons
  • Paper

Local photographers were each given one recyclable from the list above. They were tasked with photographing the recyclable item in three ways.
  1. As is - no changes to the object
  2. The object in a state of change
  3. The final, transformed image
To see the work, please visit this page.

Soon there will be a short video that you’ll see on various platforms sharing the visual perspective of these artists addressing the transformation of recycling.
Oct 01

After HHWRC Season Options

Posted to 4. Household Hazardous Waste by Mila Susnjar

Household Hazardous Waste

Many of the questions we get after our Household Hazardous Waste Recycling Center (HHWRC) closes until next season are related to the following materials and we’d like to share some tips with you.

When does ReWorks' HHWRC re-open: The HHWRC's 2021 Season will begin on Thursday, June, 3, 2021. It will be open Thursdays from 2 to 7 pm.

Paint: Most paint sold today is latex, or water based, regardless if it is exterior or interior paint. If you have latex paint, it simply needs to be dried out for disposal. Our HHWRC, even when it is open, does not accept latex paint.

Once your latex paint is dry, the can (with the dried paint in it) can be placed into your regular trash. Keep the lid off the can – that way once the dried paint with its can is in your trash, it is obvious that the paint is dry in case there is any question. Visit this link to watch a video on how to dry latex paint.

Computers, Televisions and Other Electronics:
If you want to recycle a television, check with Best Buy. There is a charge and it is dependent on the size of the television. Please note that Goodwill DOES NOT accept televisions.

Goodwill does accept working and nonworking computers and accessories at their retail locations for recycling. Contact your local Summit County Goodwill location for details. And lastly, one common question we often get is about small electrical devices such as blenders, curling irons, and microwaves. These items can be placed in your trash when they no longer work.

Overview of materials with other options: Our website has a page that lists materials with other options. This includes batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, used motor oil.

Tag(s): HHW

Oct 01

Yard Waste in the Fall

Posted to 5. Organics by Mila Susnjar

A red, autumn Maple leaf in green grass

Nature always does double duty. First it puts on a show by washing color over our landscapes with vibrant leaves and then as the leaves fall, time converts the nutrients from the leaves back into the soil. This cycle is how nature handles yard waste.

As a reminder – yard waste should never be placed in home (curbside, single stream) recycling carts or placed in recycling bins at community recycling drop-off centers. We should also all avoid placing yard waste in our garbage.

In the fall, leaves make up a significant portion of the composition of yard waste. ReWorks, being the solid waste management authority for all of Summit County, is charged with managing and reducing what goes into our landfills. Composting yard waste is one way to reduce our landfill use. And of course, it has the added benefit of keeping nutrients available for plants, trees, soil microbes, and fungi. Visit for tips and information for managing yard waste.

Sep 03

01/01/19 - New Year Questions & Resolutions

Posted to Cleanout by Jacob Smith

Happy New Year! It's a fresh start for the new year's journey. We thank you for your continued interest in reducing, reusing, and recycling.

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