Another successful Earth Day recycling event

Thank you so much for the successful 2022 Earth Day collection! Over the past few years, the Hilliard Environmental Sustainability Commission (ESC) and the city of Hilliard have sponsored recycling events to divert hard-to-recycle materials from landfills.

These items typically include expanded polystyrene (ESP, otherwise known as Styrofoam) and electronics (electronic waste). In addition, shredding has been offered to hold secret paper items.

In keeping with this effort, ESC and the city hosted a recycling event last month where 17,500 pounds of paper, 9,667 pounds of electronics and about 2,000 pounds of Styrofoam were collected. More than 320 cars donated materials. This is the largest turnout since the Earth Day recycling event began nearly a decade ago.

It is important to note that while ESP cannot be put into curbside recycling containers collected by the city, it is recyclable. The collected Styrofoam is processed into bricks at the collection site with our newly acquired foam crusher machine (made possible with a SWACO grant), eliminating the need to transport the material to other areas for processing, as in previous years.

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