April 20, 2014

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Elyria eyes recycling program with grant

ELYRIA — Elyria has been awarded almost $53,000 from the Lorain County Solid Waste Management District and will use the funds to start a new program aimed at increasing recycling in the city.

The program, Sort-4-Elyria, will be an education campaign aimed at residents. Since switching to the automated collection system and the black and green receptacles that require residents to separate their trash from recyclables, recycling has increased in the city.

But city officials believe more recycling can be done.

Mayor Holly Brinda said Sort-4-Eyria will focus on four key points — what is considered regular garbage, what should be recycled, what can be composted and what the city won’t take from tree lawns as trash.

The program will include brochures, videos for the city’s website, a recycling e-newsletter and a school outreach program complete with mascot — Sir Sort-a-Lot, a knight with a spear for picking up litter.

Brinda said the city will purchase 12 recycling receptacles for the community as well as place seven signs made from recycled materials at key entrance points to the city to welcome visitors to Elyria. The signs will feature fun facts about Elyria and tout the city’s new slogan, “Ohio’s community of opportunity.”

The signs will provide consistency in the way the city is presented to visitors, said Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka.

Several other communities have received grants this year with the amount of money received tied to the tons of glass, aluminum, paper and other items residents recycled last year. The largest recipient was Elyria, as residents recycled 2,877 tons of material in 2011, according to county figures.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com.