Aim to be Green recycling program recycles 5 million lbs. in first year Featured

On Oct, the OSS Solid Waste District marked the one year anniversary of the Aim to be Green Recycling Drop-off Program. The program has also reached another milestone by collecting over 5 million pounds of materials for recycling. Tim Wasserman, District Director is pleased with the program.

"The amount of material recycled demonstrates that our District residents are committed to recycling," said Wasserman.  "The program would not be successful without their participation."

The program provides service to 139 eight-yard recycling bins located at 41 sites throughout Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties. The bins are available seven days a week, during daylight hours. District residents use their local drop-off site in their township. Site locations can be found on the District's website at The District's eight-yard recycling bins are easily recognizable with the Aim to be Green logo and information listing all materials that can be recycled in the bin. Residents do not need to separate their materials because all recyclables can be placed into the bin together. This requires less space when storing materials at home. When you to take your recyclables to the bin you can easily place materials into the bin using the lid or sliding doors located on the side. The sliding doors are positioned at a convenient height for easy accessibility. The lid can be lifted for larger items like cardboard. Some containers have lid locks to prevent the lids from blowing open during windy conditions. When the lids are locked please use the sliding doors.

Materials accepted for recycling include the following household items: aerosol cans (tip removed), aluminum cans, cardboard, glass bottles/jars, cartons, magazines, newspaper, office paper / junk mail, paperboard, #1 and #2 plastic bottles, #3 through #7 plastic food containers and steel cans. These materials can be placed into the bins all together. Please remember to break down all cardboard / paperboard boxes to conserve space in the recycle bins.

To reduce contamination, please do not place plastic bags into the bins. It is important to remove all loose materials from plastic bags before recycling. Do not include contaminated materials or items soiled with debris or food residue (e.g. - cardboard pizza box with cheese, plastic jar with peanut butter remaining in the jar). Styrofoam and packaging materials such as tissue paper, packaging peanuts and bubble wrap are not recyclable materials and will not be accepted in the recycle bins. 

Weights are recorded from each drop-off site daily. The driver determines the weight of the container by scales located on the truck forks.

In order for the sites to stay clean, please remember to close lids and doors before leaving to prevent loose materials from blowing out of the recycle bins. Township officials are responsible for maintaining the Aim to be Green recycling drop-off site. However, you can help keep the area clean. If you see materials on the ground or materials fall out of your container, help keep the site clean by picking up those items and placing them back in the recycle bin.

If you are a township resident and would like to participate in the Aim to be Green Recycling Drop-off Program you can find the nearest location by checking out our website at or call our office toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

The District and participating township officials would like to thank the residents of Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties for their continued support of the new recycling program and remember, AIM TO BE GREEN!

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