Need to Know: City council pushes for recycling fix, the impact of nursing home outbreaks on families and more

City council pushes for recycling fix: At the June 2nd meeting of Cleveland City Council’s Development, Planning and Sustainability meeting, president Kevin Kelley pressed chief operating officer Darnell Brown on Cleveland’s recycling hiatus: “What is the single most profitable recycling good that people are taking today? What if, during this time period where we’re being consulted, we had people just put profitable items like paper and cardboard in the blue (bin), get as much money as we can for that during this year, and not just wait a year of doing this and putting this in a landfill? We talked about keeping people in practice; let’s keep them in practice doing something that actually works. Do something smart that keeps the confidence of the citizens.” Read our recycling deep dive here and’s story here.

The impact of nursing home outbreaks on families: In this deep-dive feature, former PD reporters Rachel Dissell and Ginger Christ dig into the impact of nursing home outbreaks. “Every day, families … are making what can feel like an impossible choice – whether to send a loved one to a nursing home where they will receive around-the-clock specialized care but face a greater risk of contracting COVID-19, or to care for that person at home where risk of transmission is lower but providing care can be more challenging,” they write. ⬥ Eye on Ohio

Lake Erie wind farm project approval has ‘fatal’ conditions

“The Ohio Power Siting Board ruled last week that the Icebreaker project could move forward but only if blades on the demonstration project’s six turbines are turned off every night for eight months of the year,” reports Kathiann Kowalski. “‘This order is not an approval,’ said Dave Karpinski, president of Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation, also known as LEEDCo. The OPSB’s condition ‘may well be fatal to the entire project.'” ⬥ Energy News

Cleveland principal supports students in aftermath of protests: “In the middle of a lot of anxiety and sadness for students and staff alike, Ward Park School principal Lee Buddy Jr. has seized on it as an opportunity to engage his students in an important civic question: What does it mean to be a Clevelander in a time of crisis?” reports Steven Sawchuk. ⬥ Education Week

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