How green are we? In October 2021, Cleveland received a silver LEED for Cities certification in October 2021 for its efforts toward making the city more sustainable for residents and businesses.
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When the city of Cleveland stopped recycling in April of last year because of high contamination rates and the inability to secure a contract, many residents were disappointed. The Land recently caught up with sustainability director Jason Wood ahead of the Sustainable Cleveland summit, who shared how the city is trying to start fresh and regain trust with its new opt-in recycling program.
About 5,000 of the city’s more than 150,000 waste division customers have opted into the city’s new recycling program so far, most of them on the west side, according to information provided by Sustainable Cleveland at a community meeting on Wed. Aug. 25. In the coming weeks, the city says it’s planning a big marketing push to increase signups before the Oct. 31 deadline.
After a year-and-a-half long hiatus, curbside recycling is coming back to the city of Cleveland. Clevelanders have until Oct. 22 to opt-in to the new service through an online form or by calling 216-664-3030. Because the program is optional, those who don’t sign up will have their blue bins removed by the Division of Waste Collection.
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, calling these “not normal” times, opened the 12th city-run Sustainability Summit from his desktop computer rather than the podium of Public Auditorium. The mayor, who initiated the annual event in 2009 and has long insisted the formation of his Sustainability Office isn’t about the environment so much as a focus on green jobs, called on the environmental community to embrace social equity.