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Frequently Asked Questions

What materials are accepted in the recycle bins and do they need to be separated?

Materials are to be placed into the recycle bins all together (mixed or unsorted).  The following materials are accepted:

  • Aluminum                                                                                                    Click here to see the steps for preparing materials.
  • Cartons (i.e. - juice, milk, soup)
  • Carboard
  • Glass Bottles
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Plastics - Food, beverage & detergent bottles, jugs, jars and tubs
  • Steel Cans

How often are the recycling bins serviced?

The recycle bins are emptied 1-3 times per week depending upon how fast the bins fill and number of bins on the site.

 A site schedule is: 1. Monday, Thursday and Saturday  2. Tuesday and Friday  3. Friday only.  

How do I get my recyclable materials into the recycle bin properly?

1.  Two small openings located on the lids can be used to place small amounts of mixed recycling.

2.  For larger volumes of mixed recycling or flatted cardboard, physically lifting the lids and place mixed recycling loose in bin.  Close the lids when finished to prevent loose material from blowing out of the bin.

3.  Residents can open the sliding door on either side of the bin to place mixed recycling inside.  Please remember to close the side door.

Some recycle bins require a lid lock to keep the lids from blowing open during windy conditions.  In this case, it is best to use the 
small openings located on the lids or the sliding doors located on each side of the recycle bin.

Very few plastics can be recycled. Which types and shapes should be recycled?

Emptied plastic food, beverage and detergent bottles and most food tubs are accepted for recycling.  Examples of plastic bottles and tubs include detergent bottles, milk jugs, water/pop bottles, ice cream container, large vitamin bottles, personal care bottles and jars, spray bottles, squeeze bottles, dairy tubs, etc.

DO NOT RECYCLE: Cups, plastic bags/films, ALL polystyrene foam (packaging peanuts, EPS block, or service ware), automotive or chemical containers, plastic and flexible packaging (clam shells, trays, wrap/film), laundry baskets, buckets, garden hoses, plant trays, PVC materials, toys, Tupperware and vinyl siding. 

This listing is not all inclusive.  If you ever question about recycling plastic remember, when in doubt, throw it out or call the District office at 419-334-7222 or call toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

Can I use a plastic bag to contain my recyclable materials (e.g. - office paper, newspaper, or magazines)?

All recycling should be placed loose in the bin.  No plastic bags. Paper can be kept in a paper grocery bag.

Can plastic bags go into the Aim to be Green recycle bins?

Plastic bags should not be placed into the recycle bin. See below if you would like a listing of local businesses accepting plastic grocery bags for recycling.

Can expanded polystyrene foam or polystyrene plastic be recycled in the Aim to be Green bins?

No, number 6 plastic products should be recycled such as foam carry out boxes, meat trays, clear and foam egg cartons, plastic utensils, foam cups and plates, etc...

Should an emptied and cleaned food tub be recycled?

When a tub container is emptied and food residue is rinsed out, it can be recycled.  

How are recyclables processed?

The mixed recycling is hauled to a Material Recovery Facility (MRF) and sorted by a series of machines, human hands or robots.  The sorting methods can include mechanical sorting, disc screens, optical scanners, bursts of air, eddy currents, magnets, etc.  Sorted materials are bailed and inspected.  

What does the mean to "contaminate" recycling?

Contamination in recycling are items soiled with debris or food residue, cannot be recovered at a Material Recovery Facility or items with no value in the recycling market.  

  • Capped bottles with liquid
  • Cans and jars with leftover food
  • Pizza left in a pizza box
  • Items under 2 inches in size and larger than a 2 gallon container
  • Scrap metal and construction debris
  • Clothing
  • Plastic film and foam, laundry baskets, toys, hoses, etc..
  • Window glass, ceramics, dishes, etc.
  • Bulky waste

What company is responsible for emptying the recycle bins?

OSS has a contract with Republic Services of Sandusky to service all Aim to be Green bins.  The material is collected and taken to their Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in Oberlin, Ohio.  

How are the recyclables weighed?

Recycling truck drives across a large scale before and after unloading material at the recycling facility.  The difference is the weight of a truck load of recycling.  

Who is in charge of maintaining the recycling drop-off site?

District staff is responsible for the maintenance of the 8 yard recycling containers.  However, Township Trustees and their maintenance staff assist the District by removing snow around the recycle bins and other issues regarding maintaining the recycling drop-off site.  Users of the site are responsible for making sure all recycling is deposited in a bin, the bin lids and doors are closed after use and no materials are left on the ground.  

Does recycling pay for itself?

No.  Recycling is considered a service.  There is a cost to maintain the recycling containers and to transport and sort the recyclables.  OSS Solid Waste District must budget more money each year to maintain the Aim to be Green program.  This is one of many services  that OSS funds with the disposal fee charged at landfills for municipal waste.