Posted on Aug 19 2020 By: Miami County Recycles Many of us are preparing for the upcoming winter season by decluttering and organizing our garages, basements, and storage closets. Often we collect, and store items like cleaning products, batteries, lawn fertilizer, oil, varnish, and even nail polish remover. These products have probably accumulat... Read More
Posted on Jun 03 2020 By: Miami County Recycles As restrictions have eased on dining out with family, we have found ourselves in a new world when entering patios or dining rooms at local restaurants. Tables have become more spread out, partitions are present at tables, and now there has become a noticeable change in disposable cutlery and m... Read More
Posted on May 12 2020 By: Miami County Recycles
Nationwide, solid waste facilities have seen a 40% increase in reported fires over the past year due to improper disposal of lithium-ion batteries. Lithium is highly reactive and that energy can cause fires when they are broken open, damaged, or shorted.
Miami County Solid Waste an... Read More
Posted on Apr 22 2020 By: Miami County Recycles 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Celebrated every year on April 22nd, Earth Day is considered a day of action in keeping the environment clean.
First started on April 22, 1970 by founder Gaylord Nelson, Earth Day was started in the hopes to raise a global awareness on the importance of... Read More
Posted on Mar 04 2020 By: Miami County Recycles Ice is thawing, the sun is shining, and before you know it spring is in full-bloom! Shaking off the hibernation of winter is the perfect time to start your annual cleaning, not to mention work on that garden you’ve always wanted, but did you know that the average home contains 60 to 100 pounds... Read More
Posted on Feb 03 2020 By: Miami County Recycles Every February stores begin to line their shelves with any number of hearts, from paper hearts to boxes of chocolates. It’s a Valentine’s Day frenzy of packaging, which can be hard to navigate when you are working on minimizing your use of packaging. But don’t fret! We have the sol... Read More
Posted on Jan 14 2020 By: Miami County Recycles Every year around December we are faced with choosing what our New Year’s resolutions will be. Will we finally finish all the books on our reading lists? Will we stick to that yoga routine? Will we accomplish that career move we’ve thought about for the past year? Ultimately, the resolut... Read More
Posted on Aug 06 2019 By: Miami County Recycles Once a week we do something that gets that unwanted stuff out of our lives for good. We drag our large trashcan and recycling bins down to the end of the driveway. In the morning, the waste is gone and we have moved on with our lives.
But did you know that many ways in which we dispose of our wast... Read More
Posted on Jun 27 2019 By: Miami County Recycles One single household is likely to accumulate as much as 100 pounds of hazardous waste in storage areas such as basements, garages, and sheds (TheWorldCounts.com).
Many area residents will be spending the next few months cleaning, refreshing, and touching up our homes during the u... Read More
Posted on Apr 03 2019 By: Miami County Recycles It’s no surprise that with warmer days heading our way, we’re going to have weekends of decluttering, trashing, and repurposing. No one wants to take bags of trash out, clean up the garage, or send half of our closet to the second-hand shop in cold, snowy, windy weather. But we’ve ... Read More
Posted on Jan 03 2019 By: Miami County Recycles
It seems as soon as we get used to the way an electronic device works, something faster and more efficient comes out on the market. With new products and great deals available during the holidays, many old devices find themselves replaced during this time. Unless a friend or family member would gl... Read More
Posted on Nov 30 2018 By: Miami County Recycles The goal of the contest is to teach students to identify what is recyclable – by crafting gorgeous ornaments out of recyclable materials.
The ornament must be made of recyclable materials. Glue, paint, glitter, wire, etc. can be used, but the main emphasis of the contest is to... Read More
Posted on Sep 28 2018 By: Miami County Recycles
Ever feel like you are surrounded by paper you no longer need? Sales ads, envelopes, junk mail, old bills, wrapping paper, and school work stack up daily waiting to be sorted through, shredded, or thrown out. It’s annoying and feels unnecessary at times.
Good news! Our post-consumer paper i... Read More
Posted on Sep 07 2018 By: Miami County Recycles
A few weeks ago we posted about Plastic Free July, but why do campaigns such as this exist? How did plastic even end up one of the most accessible materials for us? Why are people trying to get rid of this daily staple?
Simply put, plastics were built to last. Due to their sturdiness, plastics en... Read More
Posted on Aug 29 2018 By: Miami County Recycles Most schools have been in session for a couple of weeks by now. The homework train has pulled in the station, school supplies might be wearing down already, and lunches are flying out the door. That means waste. Paper, school breakfast, school lunch, paper, pencils, most school supplies, packed... Read More
Posted on Jul 31 2018 By: Miami County Recycles A guest post by educator Leslie Rogers
As July wraps up, we want to check in on your progress of the Plastic Free July challenge and encourage you to continue the habit beyond just one month. One of the first things to do is understand why this challenge is even a thing. Don’t just do somethi... Read More
Posted on Jul 30 2018 By: Miami County Recycles Here at the Miami County Transfer Station and Recycling Center, our goal is to help residents reduce waste -- by recycling through whatever system makes sense for them! Many of our municipalities and private haulers offer curbside pickup -- so what goes in the bin at home?
The following applies to ... Read More
Posted on Jul 18 2018 By: Miami County Recycles This essay, by Grant B., a sixth grade Covington student, won our 2018 essay contest. Thanks for your amazing work, Grant!
What Can I Recycle And Why?
Do you know how much waste is produced in the world each year? Have you ever wondered what materials make up our garbage and what m... Read More
Posted on Jun 12 2018 By: Miami County Recycles Kids are out of school, burgers are on the BBQ, and the pool is ready to go. Summer vacation has begun! The last things your child is thinking of is their education. This is where you have to step in and help prevent the “summer brain dump”. The break in lessons, routines, and classrooms... Read More
Posted on May 30 2018 By: Miami County Recycles It might not completely feel like it yet, but the calendar says spring is here. We still haven’t taken the plastic off of our windows yet, but I’m so ready to start cleaning and purging. This includes changing the batteries in the smoke detector and flashlights and tossing any electronic... Read More
Posted on Apr 02 2018 By: Miami County Recycles Do you, or someone you know, change the oil in your car at home? You can re-use it as lubricant for other equipment or bring it in to be properly disposed of. The E.P.A. states that oil from 1 oil change can contaminate 1 million gallons of fresh water! This is why proper handling and disposal are s... Read More
Posted on Mar 07 2018 By: Miami County Recycles The first reason most people give to defend buying in bulk is that it is more cost-effective in the long run. Yet, there is another long-term effect of buying in bulk-waste reduction. A good friend of mine recently pulled a large container of dish soap out from under her kitchen sink. This really go... Read More
Posted on Feb 07 2018 By: Miami County Recycles When the calendar year changes, many people feel themselves looking for a fresh start, and with that comes a fresh home. This means that you are scrubbing away all of the dirt and grime that may have been building up so far this winter. And with these frigid winter temperatures, it’s almost a ... Read More
Posted on Feb 07 2018 By: Miami County Recycles The holidays are pretty much over. Cards, envelopes, wrapping paper, packaging and food containers have added to your festive home décor. And now you have to de-clutter.
Paper seems to be people’s favorite material to recycle. According to Earth 911, “more paper is recovered for ... Read More
Posted on Feb 01 2018 By: Miami County Recycles Many of us have gotten in the habit of using plastic bags we get from stores to gather things around the house. For example; I use them to clean out the cat box, collect small trash can waste, or to put soiled children’s clothing in before going back in the diaper bag. Those examples are fine ... Read More
Posted on Jan 02 2018 By: Miami County Recycles 2018 is finally here; a time for new beginnings and new year’s resolutions! With the excitement of the holidays behind us we can start taking down the tree. The frustrating process of untangling lights, storing ornaments, and removing the tinsel now is the beginning of keeping a new year&rsquo... Read More
Posted on Dec 22 2017 By: Miami County Recycles Did you know that glass can be recycled infinitely without loosing its properties? That’s why it makes sense to want to put as much as possible in the curbside recycling bin.
It’s easy to believe that glass is glass no matter what. Reading our What Can I Recycle page, you will notice th... Read More
Posted on Dec 08 2017 By: Miami County Recycles Sometimes it can be confusing to determine what to throw in the recycling bin and what to trash. We finish a box of cereal and throw the box, and the bag inside, together into the recycling bin. Plastic is recyclable, right? Well, not always. The only plastics on our acceptable materials list are #1... Read More
Posted on Dec 05 2017 By: Miami County Recycles Most people have some kind of drawer full of junk, and you'll usually find a dead battery or two in your own junk drawer. Disposing of them properly can keep you - and your waste hauler - safe!
Household Batteries: You have probably heard that you were never supposed to throw away AA, AAA, or other... Read More
Posted on Nov 30 2017 By: Miami County Recycles There’s always one. The one family member who refuses to rip into the presents, taking her sweet time unwrapping the paper at each piece of tape, folding the section of giftwrap neatly before moving on to find out what is in the box. It can make for an excruciatingly long wait time for your tu... Read More
Posted on Nov 27 2017 By: Miami County Recycles As we catapult into the holiday season, one of the first things that comes to our minds is food. Making it. Sharing it. Eating it. And, unfortunately, throwing it away. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Americans threw out over 38 million tons of food in 2014. That&rsqu... Read More
Posted on Nov 15 2017 By: Miami County Recycles That’s right. There are safe and environmentally friendly ways to dispose of paint you can’t reuse or recycle, including placing them in the regular trash. There are a few simple “tricks of the trade” we’d like to share to show you how. It’s a way of “rethin... Read More
Posted on Oct 31 2017 By: Miami County Recycles Tired of those half-empty paint cans lying around? There’s a great way to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and especially “Rethink” when you take on your next paint project.
Try using an online paint calculator. You simply measure the dimensions of the rooms you want to paint, accoun... Read More
Posted on Oct 24 2017 By: Miami County Recycles From “American Dream” to “America Green”
From using vultures and “piggeries,” Americans had tried it all. All along the way, we invented new ways of producing more waste. The American dream inspired many to do everything except “reduce, reuse and recycle.&r... Read More
Posted on Oct 13 2017 By: Miami County Recycles Garbage Mountains Grow and Grow
Surely entrepreneurial Americans got waste management better than most of the world, right? Eventually, we did. But it was a bit of a long haul up that garbage mountain to today’s greener approaches. We’re going to share some information published by the ... Read More
Posted on Oct 06 2017 By: Miami County Recycles The Long, Winding and Sometimes Smelly Road to Modern Landfills
In 2016, Miami County residents produced 73,709 tons of waste-- -- and managed to recycle 39,348 tons. But that meant 34,361 tons had to go somewhere-- -and in Miami County, ours went to the Cherokee Run Landfill in Logan County. We&rs... Read More
Posted on Sep 22 2017 By: Miami County Recycles MODERN LANDFILLS ANCIENT PREDECESSOR
Our modern day “solid waste approaches,” including our local landfill have more ancient roots than we might realize.
Ariel David, a Tel-Aviv journalist, dug into ancient Jewish and Roman trash for the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. “Archaeologists... Read More
Posted on Sep 15 2017 By: Miami County Recycles As health self-care options become readily available, more and more individuals are beginning to administer syringe based injections using what folks in the industry call “sharps” - needles of various gauges and sizes to draw medications and administer them.
According to at least one co... Read More
Posted on Aug 29 2017 By: Miami County Recycles You may remember collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House, or holding paper drives for school fundraising. It makes some of our residents wonder: how valuable are the recyclables I'm placing in the green bin or driving to the Recycling Center?
Think back to economics class: recyclabl... Read More