New effort to boost recycling in the Legislature.
Lawmakers and visitors to the Ohio statehouse will see recycling centers replace trash cans by July 1.
A grant of up to $50,000 from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will help purchase a cardboard baler in addition to new containers for cans, bottles, paper and even food scraps.
Before those containers appear, the Capitol Square Review and Advisory Board will run an audit of the statehouse's "waste stream." Extra work also will be done to make sure the containers are not unsightly or clash with the classic stone architecture of the 151-year-old building.
"This is, after all, the statehouse," said William Carleton, Capitol Square's director.
It's not clear how much paper, plastic and aluminum already is recycled at the statehouse. An Ohio EPA press release notes that the state's 25 percent recycling rate lags a national 34 percent rate.
Ohio EPA director Scott Nally said increased recycling at the statehouse would increase awareness and encourage visitors to recycle more at home.
"I see the school buses pull in and out of here every day," Nally said. "This just makes perfect sense."