Thursday, October 23, 2008

Dianne Garrett reports on a solution for Christmas catalog overload.

The U.S. Postal Service and Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio announced two environmental pilot programs to raise awareness of opportunities to recycle disposed mail and reduce landfill waste.

The programs are called "Read, Respond and Recycle". Their message is that mail is recyclable. Items such as envelopes and advertising flyers qualify for recycling programs if they are shredded. Shredded mail items must be bagged so the shreds don't blow away.

According to the EPA, advertising mail makes up 2.4% of municipal solid waste, while more than 35% of this mail is now recycled.

Forty-three per cent of what is delivered to the Franklin County Landfill is paper or card board that is recyclable.

Central Ohio consumers can recycle for free at any one of the 212 centers operated by SWACO. To find one near you, log on to

It is not wise to recycle anything that contains personal information such as credit card offers or bank information unless they are shredded.

Otherwise, burn them. And if you burn it in your yard, don't forget to get an open burning permit.

Reported by Dianne Garrett for Bexley Public Radio.

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