May 28, 2022

Ohio: The Columbus Metropolitan Library Gets “Greener” With 60 New Recycling Stations

From The Columbus Dispatch:

The public library might be the ultimate recycler, its books and materials loaned and returned in an endless loop of public sharing.

Now, thanks to a $7,749 grant from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, the library has a more-literal recycling goal.

Sixty new recycling stations will be distributed among the Main Library and its 20-branch system. “A venue like this is ideal to get the word out,” Ron Mills, executive director of the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio, said yesterday at the Main Library, where he announced a total of $69,000 of SWACO grants for central Ohio communities.


The library has had an intensive recycling program for library staff workers for years, said Steve Prater, the library’s director of property management.


The library’s grant pays for colorful bins. Ongoing costs should be minimal, said Kim Snell, library spokeswoman.

“We don’t expect to save anything, but it shouldn’t really cost anything more because there will be less trash,” Snell said. “And with the environmental benefit, we come out on top there.”

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