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Plogging Session Scheduled as Part of the Great American Cleanup

The Keep America Beautiful organization has an initiative every spring called the “Great American Cleanup.” Marking its 22nd year in 2020, the initiative inspires people to take action every day to improve and beautify their communities in nearly every way possible. I challenge all people of Coshocton County to do a little work to make a big impact during the March 19- June 20, 2020 Great American Cleanup. You can join the conversation by following #DoBeautifulThings on Twitter and Instagram or by liking the “Keep America Beautiful” Facebook page.

Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention is combining forces with Premiere Fitness gym by co-hosting a plogging session on Friday, March 20 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and all are welcome to join in. Bags and gloves will be provided. We will me at Premiere Fitness, 423 Main Street, Coshocton and work on an eight-square block area encompassing 3rd– 7th Streets and Walnut- Chestnut Streets.

What is plogging? From the Swedish term “plocka upp,” meaning “pick up,” and jogging, the idea of plogging is taking ahold in America. It’s an easy concept that can make a big impact on wherever it is you walk, run or jog. All that is needed is a bag, maybe a pair of gloves and the willingness to pick up litter.

The Swedish-based fitness app Lifesum, which considers plogging a legitimate exercise, says a 30-minute plog burns about 17-20 percent more calories than simply jogging. This is due to the action of squatting or lunging to pick up debris; adding variety to your workout. Even if jogging or running isn’t for you, a walker can benefit in the extra motion.

Even if you cannot join in the March 20 plogging session, take some time over the next few weeks to clean-up, beautify and promote positivity in our beautiful County.

Warsaw Recycling Bins Move Temporarily

Due to the Annual Warsaw Park Social & Chicken BBQ, the recycling bins at River View Community Park will be temporarily moved to the Warsaw EMS Station from July 26, 2019 until August 5, 2019. We appreciate your understanding and apologize for any inconvenience.

53rd Annual Park Social & Chicken BBQ
Sunday, August 04, 2019, 11:00am – 05:00pm

Holiday String Light Recycling

Wait! Stop! Don’t throw away throw away those broken strings of holiday lights; turn them in to be recycled! Although string lights should not be placed in the regular recycling bins, there is a solution for this special item.

Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention is teaming up with Three Rivers Therapy and EnVie Fitness to provide drop-off sites for those old lights. From November 20- December 3, bring your broken string lights to EnVie Fitness (423 Main Street), Three Rivers Therapy (353 Walnut Street) or Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention (401 ½ Main Street) for collection during business hours.

As you replace your holiday lights, consider purchasing LED lights. According to the US Department of Energy, LEDs use up to 75% less energy and last about 25 times as long as incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs also do not get hot to the touch, so they are safer, too.

Questions can be referred to Tammi Rogers, Coshocton County Recycling and Litter Prevention Program Manager, 740.575.4813.

America Recycles Radio Contest

The radio ad contest for America Recycles Week, November 11-17, is open for submissions! This contest will be open for all Coshocton County 6th graders to submit one, 25-second ad encouraging recycling or explaining how they contribute to a cleaner Coshocton County. The deadline for submission is Monday, November 5 by 4:00 pm.   America Recycles Radio Contest 2018

I am asking the student’s teacher please submit the ad to me by email using the following criteria:

  • Ad must be no longer than 25 seconds in length (when read aloud)
  • Submit only one ad per student
  • Do not reference copyrighted companies or names
  • Use at least one recycling fact, promote recycling or explain how you contribute to a cleaner Coshocton County
  • Winners must be willing to record their ad at WTNS (114 South 6th Street, Coshocton) by November 12 for air play November 12-16
  • Emailed submissions must be made by the student’s teacher by Monday, November 5 at 4:00 pm to me at tammirogers@coshoctoncounty.net
  • Please include student’s name, teacher’s name and school name with submission

Five winners will be chosen to record their ad at WTNS Radio. Each day during Nov. 12-16, one of the five winning ads will run three times throughout the day promoting recycling and a cleaner Coshocton.

I appreciate your help in sharing this contest with your students, 6th grade teachers, and any home-school youth you may know.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.   America Recycles Radio Contest 2018

New Location for West Lafayette

Effective August 2, 2018, the County Recycling drop-off location in the Village of West Lafayette will be located at 200 East Railroad Street next to the Streets and Water Department building.  Recycling bins for mixed recycling and cardboard only will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days per year and the site is level, well-lit and has the benefit of cameras to deter illegal dumping. Illegal dumping is considered recyclables not placed into recycling bins or items that are not recyclable through the County Recycling and Litter Prevention  program such as mattresses or televisions.

Acceptable recycling items include:

  • Newspaper – In the bins marked “newspaper” we accept newspaper, office paper, magazines,  catalogues and brown paper bags.
  • Cardboard – Cardboard and paperboard products (12-pack containers, cereal boxes, etc.). Please flatten all cardboard boxes and place them in the “cardboard only” bin.
  • Steel cans – Please rinse all containers. It is not necessary to remove the labels.
  • Aluminum cans – Please rinse containers.
  • Plastic bottles #1-#7 – no plastic bags, no Styrofoam. Please rinse.
  • We do not accept any type of glass.

“Plogging” for Health and Community

Have you ever heard of “Plogging?”  Plogging is a new European trend that combines jogging with picking up litter- a play on the  Swedish ‘plocka upp’ (pick up) and jogging!

On March 20, Coshocton Recycling & Litter Prevention teamed up with EnVie Fitness for a one-hour plogging session. This workout took the place of a “bootcamp” class, but we still got a good workout while cleaning up around the EnVie Studio, Main Street and Court Square.

EnVie members and family all pitched in to help clean up litter, get in some squats and burn some calories. In total, 56 pounds of litter were collected in an eight-block area– and disposed of properly! 

Free Scrap Tire Cleanup Day- April 13

Who:  Coshocton County/City Residents- Sponsored By Coshocton County Health Department

What:  Vehicle passenger tires. (No Heavy unloading equpiment at the event)

When:  Friday, April 13th 2018

Where:  Coshocton County Fairgrounds

Why: Mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Zika, and many more. Mosquitoes will breed in any type of stagnant water source. Getting rid of breeding sources such as tire piles is one step in reducing mosquito populations and diseases.

 Time:  9:00AM- 3:00PM or when trailer is full (1,200-1,500)

(No more than 50 tires will be unloaded per load, If you have more than 50 you will have to make another trip.)

*This event will be on a first come first serve basis. We will be obtaining a trailer from Campbell Tire Company.  The goal is to collect 1,200-1,500 scrap tires which will be later recycled. Once the goal is reached, the collection will stop.  Volunteers will be available to help unload tires by hand.

Help protect your family & neighbors! Bring in your backyard Tire pile!

**Important** If you are hauling more than 10 tires at a time please contact 740-295-7305 (County) or 740-622-1736 Joe Garret (City) or by email at zachfanning@Coshoctoncounty.net or Joe.Garret@cityofcoshocton.com. You will need an abatement letter!

This cleanup was funded through Ohio EPA Mosquito Control Grant funding 2017

2019 OALPRP Scholarship Applications Available

The Ohio Association of Litter Prevention and Recycling Professionals (OALPRP) is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving student from Ohio.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must:

  • Plan to enroll or currently be enrolled at an accredited Ohio college, university or technical school.
  • Have declared or plan to declare a major relating to environmental sciences or environmental education.
  • Reside in Ohio.

OALPRP scholarship forms may be downloaded at http://oalprp.org/scholarships/ or obtained by contacting Tammi Rogers, Program Manager, Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention at 740.575.4813.  Deadline for submission of the application is April 15, 2019.

Completed forms can be e-mailed to Scholarship Chair Katrina Carpenter at kcarpenter@perrycountyohio.net by April 15th. Recommendation letters should be sent directly from the letter’s author to Carpenter. Or send the completed forms to: OALPRP Scholarship, c/o Perry County Waste Reduction & Recycling, PO Box 621, New Lexington, OH  43764, Attn: Karina Carpenter. Forms sent by postal mail should be postmarked by April 15. You may follow up with Carpenter to check if your application is complete.

Join the Great American Cleanup March 20

The annual “Great American Cleanup” is scheduled for March 20! This project is the country’s largest community improvement project with more than 20,000 communities participating each year. As part of the Keep American Beautiful organization (KAB.org), this national program engages over five million volunteers to take action in their communities each year to “be the change” and make a lasting impact.

Keep America Beautiful and Coshocton County Recycling and Litter Prevention is encouraging everyone to host your own #cleanYOURblock event on your own street. Gather some friends, family or the group you belong to and take a little time on March 20 to pick up litter, spruce up some landscape or revitalize a local park!

Some tips on hosting your own #cleanYOURblock party:
• Decide on a date and time. Although the Great American Cleanup official date is March 20; every day is a good day to clean up your world.
• Visit the area to be cleaned. Make sure you have permission to clean the area. Take some “before” photos.
• Get the word out. Tell your friends, family and Facebook about your plans to clean up.
• Consider providing trash bags, bottled water and gloves to volunteers.
• Snap some “during” and “after” photos and share them. Record your results, i.e. how many pounds of trash were collected. Feel free to post pictures and results on the Coshocton County Recycling & Litter Prevention Facebook page using the tag #cleanYOURblock. You can also join the conversation and follow #cleanYOURblock on Twitter and Instagram.
• Take it a step further and separate recyclables from trash. Deposit recyclables in any of our 12 drop-off sites around the county. For locations, visit www.coshoctoncounty.net/recycle/where-to-recycle

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