Cary’s Corner: Young opinions on climate change

Welcome to the second guest post from my 11 year-old niece Cary.  This time Cary weighs in on current events like climate change, gas prices, and alternative energy.

Current Events

Do you hear, know, or think much about global warming and climate change?  What do you think about it? I hear a lot about it. I think people should try to stop it or many animal species may go extinct and we could lose many very important resources.  In conclusion do things to stop global warming!

Do you hear, know, or think much about high oil and gas prices? What do you think about it?     Yes. It is really not that great for more than one reason.

  1. It will make more people drive long distances just to find a price that isn’t unbearable.
  2. It means that more money will have to be made just so people can afford these things

People are driving that extra distance.  Why not ride your bike our walk more?

Do you hear, know, or think much about alternative energies like solar and wind power? What do you think about it?    Yes. I think that it is great that people are trying to find new ways to power their things.  Environmentally friendly things it will help us all.

Half price compost bins

When my building began recycling, the trash we made was cut in half.  When I look at what is in my trash can right now, I see a combination of useless garbage and food waste.  What can be done to make use of food waste and keep it out of the landfill?  Compost!

Feed your garden and help reuse resources instead of sending them to the landfill by composting.

If you’re looking for a reason to start or expand your compost, look no further.  The Hamilton and Adams-Clermont County Solid Waste Districts are sponsoring a compost bin sale on Saturday, September 27th from 9am to 3pm at the following locations:

1) Anderson Township Farmer’s Market
7832 Five Mile
2) Colerain Township Community Center
4300 Springdale

The “Earth Machine” compost bin retails for $80 but will be available to residents of the participating counties for only $37!  Please bring cash or a check to take advantage of this incredible deal.

If  you need more guidance to get started, there will be composting experts on hand to help.

Celebrate World Car-Free Day

World Car-Free Day is September 22.

Plan to celebrate by leaving the car in the driveway for the day.  Will you plan to walk, bike, bus, or rollerskate to school or work this Monday?

Two-wheeler parking locations - enter your vote

The city is planning to provide parking spaces for scooters and motorcycles downtown.  If you want to vote on which location would be most convenient, visit the survey here.

Here’s more about the two-wheeler program from the release:

Two-Wheeler Parking Downtown

-  Vote for your top 5 locations!

This fall, the City of Cincinnati will install reduced rate, 10-hour parking meters specifically for scooters and motorcycles. But, first we need to know which spots best fit your needs.

Go to and take our online poll to tell us which locations you prefer.

We’ll announce the top five vote-getters on October 15th, and create multiple parking spaces at each location.

Help us spread the word by forwarding the attached flyer to your friends!

Why Two-Wheeler Parking?
.       .         More fuel-efficient than cars
.       .         Less CO2 emitted
.       .         Less damage to our roads
.       .         Less space needed to park
.       .         More and more people are driving two-wheelers Downtown!

Questions? Suggestions? E-mail us at

Without power? Lunch and ice available.

In response to this weekend’s wind storm, Whole Foods is donating 1,000 bags of ice and giving free lunch to those without power today.

Thanks to them for supporting the community!

Also, don’t forget that the last 2 Whole Foods Farmer’s Markets of the season are 9/9 and 9/23.  You can find the Whole Foods Farmer’s Market throughout the summer on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays from 4-7pm in the side lot.

Can I recycle an overflowing bin? What about contamination?

Now that you’ve been learning what all you can put in your recycling bin it makes us wonder what happens when bins start to overflow.

Question: What if my recycling doesn’t fit in my bin?  Even if I crunch and break down the materials, my recycle bin is overflowing!  What can I do?
Answer: You can contact Rumpke for an additional bin or user another plastic container.  Mark any additional plastic containers with signage indicating that it is recycling and Rumpke will collect it.

You may not always get things absolutely perfect.  But what happens if you make a mistake?

Question: What happens to my recycling if I put the wrong things in the bin like plastic bags and pizza boxes?
Answer: Rumpke’s team will remove items placed in your bin by mistake at the recycling center.  This is one of the initial steps of the sorting process.

Thanks to Amanda Pratt of Rumpke for the facts!

Can I recycle credit cards or a bag of paper shreds?

Live Green Cincinnati readers are bringing on the recycling queries.  The latest stumper is a great question.  When you stop taking bags at the check-out counter, how do you control your paper shreds for recycling?

Question: I no longer have paper grocery bags.  How can I store my loose paper recyclables and shreds so they don’t blow away or make a mess?
You can use a plastic garbage bag, but please label it as “recyclable paper shreds inside”.  This will help the Rumpke team identify the contents as recycling and ensure the paper shreds are removed.

Question: Can I recycle plastic gift cards and credit cards?
Answer: No.

Thanks to Amanda Pratt of Rumpke for the facts!

Post-storm yardwaste options

In light of yesterday’s storm and the mess of tree and yard debris left behind, Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati would like to remind you about your options for dealing with yardwaste.

From the release:

County and City Offer Options For Yardwaste
In response to Sunday’s storm, many communities are offering special collection programs for yardwaste. To learn more about what your community is offering, please visit your community website or call the administrative offices.

The Hamilton County Solid Waste Management District (District) and the City of Cincinnati offer options for residents who have storm debris. Listed below are options to assist residents with yardwaste clean-up.

Hamilton County Yardwaste Program
Hamilton County residents can participate in the District’s FREE Yardwaste Recycling Drop-Off sites on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through November 30, 2008. This program does not accept yardwaste from landscapers or businesses.

The yardwaste sites are located at:

  • East*: Turpin Farm, 3295 Turpin Ln. (off Rt. 32) in Anderson Township
  • West: Kuliga Park, 6717 Bridgetown Rd. in Green Township
  • North**: Rumpke Sanitary Landfill, Struble Rd. and Colerain Ave. in Colerain Township

* The Turpin Farm location is also open during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
** The Rumpke Sanitary Landfill location will also be open Wednesday through Friday, September 17th through September 19th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Follow signs to designated drop-off area.

The drop-off sites accept materials such as leaves, grass clippings, brush, garden waste, tree trunks, and prunings from trees or shrubs. For more information about the yardwaste recycling drop-off program, please call the District at (513) 946-7755 or visit

City of Cincinnati Yardwaste Program
The City of Cincinnati will accept all types of yardwaste, including grass clippings, leaves, branches and brush. City crews and contractors are out addressing downed trees and limbs in the following order:

  1. Major routes and thoroughfares
  2. Streets with only one access point
  3. Blocked driveways
  4. Houses

Residents are encouraged to follow the general guidelines for yardwaste collection, but some flexibility of these rules will be permitted during this time. The City will relax its procedures and pick up any tree limbs or branches brought to the curb.

  • The City cannot go onto private property to get tree limbs and branches.
  • The City will send crews as soon as possible; this may differ from your regular trash collection day.
  • Leaves, small brush and sticks should be put either in a biodegradable brown paper yard waste bags, or in trash cans clearly marked “YARD WASTE”.
  • Yardwaste in plastic bags cannot be collected.

The City can only address trees and limbs where Duke Energy has been able to clear downed lines.

If you need to report trees and limbs in the public streets and curbs, please the City of Cincinnati’s Customer Service Hotline at 591-6000 for more information.

If you live outside of the City of Cincinnati, please call Hamilton County’s Yardwaste Hotline at 946-7755.

Cary’s Corner: Young opinions on going green

My niece, Cary, has volunteered to provide some of her input on going green in a series of guest posts.  I hope you enjoy her young, refreshing, point of view.

The Introduction

Name:   Cary Blandford

Age:    11

Favorite Webkin:    Mannee (a manatee)

What I think I might want to be when I grow up:    Something involving animals.

How I found out about Live Green Cincinnati:   Aunt Brianne

Do you know green?

What are you learning about the environment, and from who?    I am learning to recycle and clean the environment.  I am learning at both school and home.

Is there anything you do at home to be green?     We recycle. It is a really funny sight to see the recycling.  Kat, my younger sister throws the pieces one-by-one into the giant recycling bin at our rec. center and they go flying.  It doesn’t have to be boring to help save the environment.

Is there anything you do at school to be green?    We recycle the papers we use during classes that don’t need to be turned in or graded.  We plant flower bulbs to make up for the flowers that are destroyed and picked each year.

Is there anything you wish you could do at home or school to be greener?  I wish that at school if it is sunny outside just turn of the lights and use the natural light.  At school I also wish we could recycle more than just paper.

Ale 8 One’s recycled bottlestop

Local Kentucky soft drink, Ale 8 One, is bringing a unique design to a Lexington bus shelter.  The new “Bottlestop” will be made out of recycled Ale 8 bottles.

In addition, the lighting in the bus shelter will be powered by solar energy.  Both useful and artistic, the Bottlestop shows a creative way to reuse local materials in order to provide a service or meet a function and need of the city.

How about some park benches or street signs for Cincinnati made out of reclaimed blue straws from Skyline Chili?!