Another successful Earth Day recycling event

A huge thank you for a successful 2022 Earth Day collection! For the past several years, the Hilliard Environmental Sustainability Commission (ESC) and the city of Hilliard have sponsored recycling events to divert difficult-to-recycle material from the landfill.

These items have typically included expanded polystyrene (ESP, or commonly referred to as Styrofoam) and electronics (e-waste). In addition, shredding has been offered to accommodate confidential paper items.

In keeping with this effort, the ESC and the city hosted a recycling event this past month whereby 17,500 pounds of paper, 9,667 pounds of electronics and approximately 2,000 pounds of Styrofoam were collected. More than 320 cars contributed material. This by far was the biggest turnout since the Earth Day recycling event was initiated almost a decade ago.

It is important to note that although ESP cannot be put in your curbside recycling container collected by the city, it can be recycled. The Styrofoam collected was processed into bricks at the collection site by our recently acquired foam densifier machine (made possible with SWACO grant funding), thereby eliminating the need to transport the material to another county for processing, as in previous years.

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