Archive for May, 2018

Simple Recycling coming to Twinsburg Township

Posted on: May 25th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

By KEN LAHMERS / Reporter
Posted May 16, 2018 at 12:01 AM
TWINSBURG TOWNSHIP — Trustees have agreed to partner with Simple Recycling to add textiles and other household goods to the curbside recycling program.

The free service provided by Simple Recycling recycles items such as clothing, bedding, socks, stuffed animals, pillows, shoes and other textiles that are not included in regular residential recycling. The program is intended to cut down on the flow of unwanted items into landfills.

Pickup of items in the township is anticipated to begin May 22. Residents will receive information in the mail explaining the program and providing orange bags to fill with items. The township is not charged for the service.

“The Board of Trustees is excited to join other area communities in partnering with Simple Recycling to offer this service, which will help divert waste from area landfills,” said Township Manager Rob Kagler.

Simple Recycling will work in conjunction with the township’s residential trash and recycling hauler — Kimble Companies — and its vans and trucks will be easily recognizable with the company’s logo.

Residents can place their bags along the curb on their regular trash and recycling pickup day. Once items are picked up, Simple Recycling will supply replacement bags for future use. No enrollment is necessary.

Based in Solon, Simple Recycling is a for-profit recycler which serves 25-plus Northeast Ohio communities, including Twinsburg, Northfield Center Township, Solon and Boston Township. It operates in 10 states and about 125 total communities.

It provides residents with a way to recycle unwanted clothing, shoes and household textiles that can’t be donated to other organizations. A spokesman said its vans and trucks are economical for carrying the types of items collected.

According to the Simple Recycling website, “Every ton of material diverted from the waste stream reduces tipping fees at a landfill, and communities are compensated on a per-pound basis for the material collected.”

“Based on information we received from other communities that provide the service, revenues to the township most likely will be negligible,” said Kagler. “The main benefit from doing it — and the main reasons for undertaking it — are environmental rather than financial.”

According to Simple Recycling, all of the materials are graded and sorted locally or regionally based on quality and condition. Top quality materials are resold to local thrift outlets, mid-grade is exported to international markets and “unusable” items are processed for raw materials.

When Simple Recycling picks up the bags, workers leave empty ones to use the next time. Anyone needing extra bags can call Simple Recycling at 1-866-835-5068.

Accepted items include men’s, women’s and children’s clothing; coats and jackets; jewelry, shoes, purses, hats, toys, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, tools, silverware, pots and pans, backpacks.

According to Simple Recycling’s website, the average person throws away 68 pounds of clothing per year, and clothing and housewares account for about 10 percent of the municipal waste stream.

The website says 85 percent of clothing does not get recycled or donated and winds up in landfills, while only 15 percent gets recycled or donated.

For more information about the program, visit

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400 Ext. 4189 or [email protected]

Digital Marketing Specialist:

Posted on: May 14th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

Simple Recycling & Affiliated Companies
Digital Marketing Specialist:

Join our growing 60+ year old family business in a dynamic family of companies based in Solon, Ohio. We are looking for a full-time, Marketing Specialist/Coordinator to join us to further our digital marketing reach and customer acquisition.

Become a critical part of our strategic initiatives with opportunity for growth and development!

This position is responsible for developing, directing and implementing marketing and communication strategies for our operations across the Nation. You will be creating, coordinating and implementing across multiple platforms and will be an integral part of the execution of our marketing plan.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following (other duties may be assigned):
• Working across multiple companies and campaigns
• Creating annual marketing plans which align with our strategic plans and priorities
• Creating and adhering to an annual marketing budget
• Creating and developing marketing campaigns- print, online, direct mail, etc.
• Creating and overseeing the company’s digital marketing efforts:
o Place ads across platforms and track campaign performance
o Update and maintain company’s social media presence across networks (Facebook, Google, etc.)
o Updating and maintaining company websites
o Creating, overseeing and evaluating email marketing campaigns
• Creating online and instore content
• Proactively seeking marketing efforts to attracts new customers
• Managing all customer correspondence (through social media, emails, etc.)
• Accepts more responsibilities as the position grows

Experience and/or education in online marketing principles required. Creativity and work ethic are a must. We are willing to train and teach if you are willing to learn and do!

Bachelor’s degree in Marketing or related field preferred. Prior experience and project portfolio is an acceptable alternative.
• 1-3 years’ experience in Marketing

• Detailed oriented and strong organization skills
• Working knowledge of traditional and digital marketing platforms
• Excellent personal time management with the ability to meet deadlines and multitask
• Possess good written communication skills
• Strong commitment to ethics and integrity
• Ability to work across multiple operating companies

Location: Solon, OH


Hourly: $10.00 – $14.00 based upon experience

Niles To Roll Out Free Textile Recycling Program

Posted on: May 9th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

Niles To Roll Out Free Textile Recycling Program
By Tom Robb | on May 09, 2018

Niles Village Hall, Senior Center Plaza

Niles officials awarded a contract for textile recycling, such as used clothing and rags, to a company last month which will begin pick up services in late June.

Village trustees signed a contract with Great Lakes Recycling, which runs Simple Recycling, at their April 24 board meeting. The contract is expected to earn the village $900 in direct revenue and save Niles taxpayers nearly $28,000 by diverting nearly 600 tons of trash from landfills each year.

Beginning Monday, June 25, Simple Recycling trucks will follow trucks from the village’s regular waste hauler Groot, along trash and recycling pickup routes on a weekly basis to collect textiles that residents want to recycle.

Before that date, brightly colored, durable bags will be sent to each Niles home for residents to place the recyclables into. Bags would then be left on the street next to Groot bins and replaced with new bags. Rather than being buried in a landfill or incinerated, materials collected would be recycled as material for insulation or car seat filler.

The program is endorsed by the Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County. Village officials said the program received high marks from other area municipalities that use the service.

Niles would realize cost savings, since the village’s contract with Groot is based in part on volume. The more volume diverted by recycling, the less the village pays for service.

Simple Recycling’s parent company says textiles make up 6 percent of municipal solid waste in the United States and 84 percent of textiles are discarded not recycled. In Illinois, that represents more than 540,000 tons annually, or 1.08 billion pounds. In Niles, residents toss about 1.1 million pounds of textiles away each year.

North Royalton will provide “soft” recyclable pickup for residents

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

North Royalton will provide “soft” recyclable pickup for residents

By Bob Sandrick, special to [email protected]
NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — A Solon recycling firm will collect “soft” discarded materials — including clothing, jewelry, blankets, tools and silverware — that residents place on curbsides, starting in June.

Great Lakes Recycling Inc. will pay the city 1 cent for each pound of soft recyclables, under a four-year contract that City Council approved last month. Residents will not pay for the service. The contract is renewable after four years.

Great Lakes will sell top-quality soft recyclables, collected from North Royalton residents, to local thrift stores. The firm will export mid-quality items to international markets and recycle raw materials from items deemed unusable.

Mayor Robert Stefanik said the city estimates that it will bring in $5,000 a year from the agreement, plus money it saves in lower landfill fees, for a total of about $15,000.

More than 20 Cuyahoga County communities already have soft-recyclable agreements with Great Lakes. The communities include Bay Village, Berea, Brooklyn, Chagrin Falls, Mayfield, North Olmsted, Parma Heights, Rocky River, Solon and Strongsville.

The company was expected to mail educational postcards about the new service to residents this week. Residents will also receive two plastic bags in which they can store soft recyclables, which also include purses, hats, toys, drapes and curtains, pillows, sleeping bags, silverware, dishes, pots and pans, and backpacks.

Once the bags are filled, residents can place them on their tree lawns the same day as their garbage pickup. A separate truck with the words “Simple Recycling” — the name under which Great Lakes is doing business in North Royalton — will pick up the soft recyclables.

Great Lakes workers will then leave two more soft-recyclable bags behind for residents. If residents want additional bags, or experience a problem, they can call Great Lakes directly.

Items excluded from Great Lakes pickups include garbage, hazardous waste, carpet, newspapers, mattresses, large furniture, large appliances, magazines, cribs, paint, tires, cleaners, yard waste or any item heavier than 50 pounds.

The company will also give soft-recyclable containers to the city, which will place them at the municipal Service Center on Royalton Road. Great Lakes will not provide service to businesses.

The new service comes about 16 months after the city approved a five-year, $7.7 million contract with Rumpke Waste & Recycling in Colerain, Ohio, for garbage disposal and recycling services.

North Royalton switches to automated recycling under new five-year, $7.7 million trash contract
North Royalton switches to automated recycling under new five-year, $7.7 million trash contract

North Royalton has approved a new five-year, $7.7 million contract with Rumpke Waste & Recycling in Colerain for garbage disposal and recycling services. Under the contract, Rumpke will provide automated recycling pickup for the first time in North Royalton.

Under that contract, Rumpke is providing automated recycling pickup for the first time in North Royalton. Residents, instead of placing recyclables in blue bags or small blue bins, drop them in specially designed, wheeled 65-gallon containers. Automated trucks with robotic arms lift and empty the containers on trash day.

Recyclables that Rumpke collects include aluminum and steel cans, cartons, glass bottles and jars, cardboard and plastic containers.

Cuyahoga Falls offering Electronics and Clothing Recycle Collection program

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

According to city officials, this project is an effort to reduce the volume of electronics, clothing and home goods annually going to landfills for disposal.

Area Falls residents and businesses in the city are invited to drop off these items for recycling at the Cuyahoga Falls Service Complex located at 2560 Bailey Road. Participants will enter and exit the Service Complex at Gaylord Grove.

Items being accepted at no cost at the recycling event include clothing, shoes, home goods, electronics and accessories items such as scanners, shredders, copiers and printers, DVD/VHS/VCR units and all accessories, electronic toys, video game consoles and hand-held game systems, GPS devices, hair dryers, kitchen equipment, microwaves, LCD/LED/Plasma TVs, cameras, radios, cellphones and other telephones, computer equipment hardware, servers and accessories, as well as appliances that do not contain Freon.

There will be a $40 recycle fee per unit for CRT, DLP and rear projection televisions of any size, a $10 recycle fee per unit for flat-screen TVs and a $10 recycle fee per unit for CRT computer monitors. Checks should be made payable to Accurate IT Services.

Alkaline batteries, broken or exposed CRT tubes or light bulbs of any kind will not be accepted.

For more information about the event, visit or email [email protected]

Audit shows Elgin residents are getting better at recycling

Posted on: May 7th, 2018 by Adam Winfield

Elgin residents are getting better at recycling.

A recent audit of items put out for recycling in Elgin shows a 16 percent level of contamination, according to Waste Management, the company under contract to haul refuse and recyclables throughout the city.

“This is a significant improvement from our baseline of 42 percent two years ago. Drivers are reporting that they are seeing marked improvement in the contamination and composition of recycling materials … Elgin’s recycle materials have significantly improved making it possible to market,” the memo states.

Contamination refers to the percentage of items that won’t be taken for recycling because they are not being recycled through weekly collection, such as plastic shopping bags or Styrofoam, or because they are soiled, as with greasy pizza box tops and used fast-food wrappers.

Elgin Mayor Dave Kaptain said the city’s improvement in compliance is proof that people want to do the right thing for the environment.

“But in cases like this, you have to educate on what the right thing is,” Kaptain said.

In 2016, Elgin and Waste Management embarked on a recycling contamination reduction program dubbed “Recycle Often. Recycle Right,” or RORR.

Lisa Disbrow, Waste Management Director of Government & Public Affairs, said Elgin was the initial rollout city for the program in the Chicago market. Currently, more than a dozen towns in this area are taking part in the effort, Disbrow said.

“Elgin was identified (for the pilot program) with potential to improve material quality,” Disbrow said.

Kaptain said that early in the effort, Waste Management staff showed him the stream of items put in recycling, which gave him an idea of what was being left in bins.

“We sure eat a lot of pizza in this country,” Kaptain said.

A Waste Management truck picks up garbage and recycling items recently on Spring Street.
A recent audit of items put out for recycling in Elgin shows a 16 percent level of contamination, according to Waste Management. That is a significant improvement, company officials said. (Gloria Casas. / The Courier-News)
Elgin Sustainability Coordinator and Communications Specialist Molly Center said the effort gradually was rolled out across routes. Residents were made aware of the effort by various means. Those included distributing a newsletter and recycle list, placing hangers on recycle carts at the curb, having drivers talk to residents, sharing information via the city website and social media, promoting it at community events, and getting word out through traditional media.

Route drivers initially would tag bins found with items unacceptable for the recycling stream, Center said. The next phase had drivers tag unacceptable bins and leave them uncollected.

Center said a top reason for success was the city’s 311 Department, which residents could call if they had questions about their recycling, particularly if their bins were not emptied.

Waste Management provides single-stream recycling, where all items are mixed together. The company services the city five days a week across six routes per day, or 30 total routes, and collects 180 tons of recyclable material per week from about 29,000 homes, according to information from a 2017 presentation to the Elgin City Council.

Center said single-stream recycling doesn’t accept plastic bags because they clog up machines used in sorting. She said recyclables go directly into the bin unbagged, and people can bring plastic bags to local merchants and grocers who offer recycling. Those were essential messages to get out to residents toward compliance, Center said.

Another factor that helped keep inappropriate items out of Waste Management bins was Elgin’s three-year agreement in 2017 with Ohio-based Simple Recycling, Center said.

With this effort, residents are able to recycle shoes and clothing, regardless of condition. They also can recycle small appliances and other unwanted household goods that otherwise cannot be donated to nonprofits. Such items cannot be taken in the Waste Management collections, Center said.

With the free-for-residents-to-use Simple Recycling program, items are left curbside in orange bags that can be ordered online or picked up at Elgin City Hall, Center said. Items are picked up by Simple Recycling on the same days that Waste Management hauls away regular trash and what it takes in its own recycling program.

Elgin gets a penny-per-pound-collected from Simple Recycling and was paid more than $2,400 for the last six months of 2017, Center said.

Materials including pamphlets and cart hangers are part of the Waste Management recycling reduction
Materials including pamphlets and cart hangers were part of Waste Management’s “Recycle Right. Recycle Often” program, which used Elgin as its pilot program in the Chicago area. (Mike Danahey / The Courier-News)
All told, Waste Management has been so pleased with the results in Elgin that is uses the city as an example for other places across the country.

“The recycling education partnership between Elgin and Waste Management was featured in the U.S. Conference of Mayors 2017 best practices (book),” Disbrow said.

Disbrow said Waste Management Public Sector Representative Vaughn Kuerschner will be talking about the recycling effort at the Elgin City Council meeting Wednesday.

Beyond that, Kaptain said details are being ironed out for a community conversation in June that will focus on various aspects of the city’s refuse collection, such as recycling, leaf rake-out and yard waste programs.

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