Because of high fuel costs, Keep Delaware County Beautiful wants to remind recycling bin users to stuff the bins as full as possible.

Because of high fuel costs, Keep Delaware County Beautiful wants to remind recycling bin users to stuff the bins as full as possible.

The intake is up this year at all but two of the 15 community recycling bins serving rural areas, villages, and township suburbs. Problems have occurred with overflowing bins due in part to users who do not flatten their cardboard and plastics, a press release said.

The latest problem occurred in Genoa Township, where residents dropped off more than 70 tons of recyclables in the community bin outside the fire station in January through July of this year. Materials that overflowed the bin could have fit inside it if earlier bin users would have smashed their cardboard boxes and shoved them farther into the bin.

"A major cost for this recycling service is the fuel for the truck that picks up the bins. The more stuff our residents cram inside every bin, the more recycling everyone gets for every dollar spent on fuel," said Jenifer Way-Young, manager of Keep Delaware County Beautiful.

The 15 bins took in a total of 1,672,500 pounds of materials in January through July of this year, up more than 25 percent from the same period in 2007.

Volunteers are being recruited for the 2008 Scioto River Sweep litter cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 6.

The cleanup is being organized by Keep Delaware County Beautiful, the Delaware General Health District's recycling and litter prevention program. This year's Scioto River Sweep will focus on the northernmost stretch of the river in northwestern Delaware County.

Volunteers are asked to gather at 8:30 a.m. at the Radnor Community Center, 4061 state Route 203 in Radnor.

Canoes and life jackets will be provided, as well as cleanup gear, transportation to and from the cleanup areas, and a free picnic lunch for all volunteers. Volunteers are welcome to work on foot on the riverbanks or from canoes. Volunteers should wear sturdy, comfortable shoes and be prepared to get wet and muddy. Youths under 16 are welcome to participate if they are accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact Keep Delaware County Beautiful coordinator Jenifer Way-Young at (740) 368-1700 or jenifer@delaware health.org.

Sandy Coffee, a volunteer from the Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross, was preparing last week for her deployment Thursday to Baton Rouge, La., in anticipation of Hurricane Gustav's arrival in the Gulf Coast.

Coffee, a longtime volunteer and a veteran of 12 previous disasters, will provide assistance if people are affected by the hurricane. The Sunbury resident, who also provided assistance in June as a Red Cross volunteer in the flooding in Iowa, now keeps a bag packed and ready should her help be needed.

The Red Cross provides emergency response vehicles for distribution of food, snacks and cleanup kits. Service delivery sites, health services and shelters will be established if needed.

Training for national disaster response is offered through the Delaware County Chapter. For information, visit www.delco-redcross.org.

Ohio Lt. Gov. Lee Fisher recently announced that the City of Delaware and two local companies received the Director's Awards for Excellence in Housing and Community Development for effectively implementing programs that benefit Ohio's low- and moderate-income citizens and fostering public-private partnerships.

The city helped two companies interested in working together to expand operations and create jobs by applying for and receiving two Ohio Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program grants. As a result, the city was awarded a $500,000 grant to assist Sky Climber, LLC and a $475,000 grant to assist V&P Hydraulic Products, LLC.

Sky Climber designs, manufactures and markets suspended access equipment for commercial and industrial applications. The company bought 6.2 acres on Pittsburgh Drive, and machinery and equipment; constructed a 45,000 square-foot building; and relocated operations from Georgia. The $2.7-million project created 41 jobs.

V&P Hydraulic Products manufactures custom welded mobile hydraulic cylinders for the mining, construction, fire fighting, nursery, and forklift industries. The company bought 6.5 acres on Pittsburgh Road, and machinery and equipment; constructed a 45,000 square-foot building; and relocated operations from another facility. The $4.8-million project created 25 jobs.