Recycling education is getting a reboot, starting in southwest Franklin County.
Officials with the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio are working with leaders from Grove City, Jackson Township and Urbancrest to make sure nonrecyclables, such as yogurt cups, don't end up in curbside bins.
"What we want people to realize is recycling is easy to do and actually very convenient, too," said Hanna Greer-Brown, a spokeswoman for SWACO.
The Recycle Right, Make a Difference campaign initially affects 14,000 single-family households in the three communities. It asks residents to focus on recycling five specific groups of materials: paper and cardboard; plastic bottles and jugs; glass bottles and jars; metal cans; and paper cartons, such as soup cartons.
Everything else should be reused, donated, composted or disposed of safely, Greer-Brown said.
"By this campaign, we're trying to reduce contamination," she said. "That means non-recyclables are being put out in those receptacles."
Another request is that residents refrain from bagging their materials, because the bags also can get tangled in equipment.
The current education push will continue through April and will be introduced to the county at large sometime this year, Greer-Brown said.
The campaign will include a television and radio campaign, social media, billboards, informational materials and magnet reminders, according to the SWACO website.
SWACO reports that wire hangers, plastic bags, fruit containers and "tanglers" -- for example, chargers and cords for electronics -- get caught up in the machines, resulting in delays and added costs to recycling, Greer-Brown said. The 64-gallon carts provided by Local Waste, a hauler based in Franklin County, will not change, Brown said.
The cost will not increase for those who pay for the service through their municipalities, she said.
About 96 percent of Franklin County residents have access to curbside recycling. The rate of recycling, 46.5 percent, exceeds the national average, she said.
Grove City was happy to join the educational program, Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage said.
"Our community has a history of fostering environmentally sound practices," Stage said. "The Recycle Right initiative is vital to helping citizens understand which materials should be placed in their recycle bins.
"We were in early on with recycling, which a lot of people may not realize," Stage said. "We began in the late 1980s, offering a drop-off site behind the Kroger store on Stringtown Road. It was a very successful program before we started curbside recycling."