Mayor Cyril Kleem
Recycling efforts by residents have made a huge difference in the amount of trash Berea deposits in landfills.
According to statistics provided by Republic Services, the city’s waste collection provider, Berea recycled 341.4 tons as of October 2012. As of October 2013, Bereans have recycled 901.87 tons – nearly triple the amount.
At the same time, the amount of solid waste deposited in landfills has decreased. As of October 2012, Berea deposited 6,560.48 tons. As of October 2013, that amount was 4,758.1 tons – a 27 percent decrease.
In addition, Republic picked up 847.57 tons of yard waste from April through October this year. The yard waste was turned into mulch at a local facility.
Those statistics apply to curbside recycling only and do not take into account the other recycling programs sponsored by the city, such as the Hazardous Household Waste Drop Off, the Shred Fest and the Computer & Electronics Roundup.
All of these efforts save the city thousands of dollars in tipping fees to dump waste in the ever-shrinking space available in the landfill. And, of course, the more we recycle, the more we benefit the environment, decreasing air and water pollution.
Thank you for taking part in Berea Recycles! Look for more expanded programs in the future.