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Topic: About the Program

Q: Can you give me more information about the new recycling drop-off?

A: The new Aim to be Green Recycling Drop-off Program began October 1, 2012.  There are 168 eight-yard recycling containers located at 41 sites throughout Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties.  The new drop-off programs are more efficient, cost effective and offer identical services across the District to better serve our residents.


Topic: Participating Drop-offs

Q: Where are the drop-off sites located?

A: Currently, 41 sites throughout Ottawa, Sandusky and Seneca Counties are participating in the Aim to be Green Recycling Drop-off Program.  Recycle bins are located at the following sites:

Ottawa County Sites Sandusky County Sites Seneca County Sites
  • Allen Township
  • Bay Township
  • Benton Township
  • Carroll Township
  • Catawba Island Township
  • Clay Township
  • Danbury Township
  • Erie Township
  • Harris Township
  • Portage Township
  • Port Clinton City / County Complex
  • Salem Township


  • Ballville Township
  • Green Creek Township
  • Village of Helena
  • Jackson Township
  • Madison Township
  • OSS Recycling Center
  • Rice Township
  • Riley Township
  • Sandusky Township
  • Scott Township
  • Townsend Township
  • Woodville Township
  • York Township - Gordon Lumber Company
  • Village of Helena


  • Adams Township
  • Big Spring Township
  • Bloom Township
  • Clinton Township - Station #1
  • Clinton Township - Station #2
  • Eden Township
  • Hopewell Township
  • Jackson Township
  • Liberty Township
  • Loudon Township
  • Pleasant Township
  • Reed Township
  • Scipio Township
  • Thompson Township
  • Village of Attica / Venice Township
  • Village of Bettsville


Topic: Drop-off Hours

Q: When can I drop-off my recyclable materials?

A: Residents can drop off their recyclable materials at their convenience.  The recycle bins are available 7 days a week during daylight hours only.


Topic: Materials Accepted

Q: What materials are accepted in the recycle bins and do they need to be separated?

A: Materials are to be placed into the recycle bins all together (mixed or unsorted).  The following materials are accepted:

  • Aluminum
  • Cartons
  • Carboard
  • Glass Bottles
  • Magazines
  • Newspaper
  • Office Paper
  • Paperboard
  • Plastics
  • Steel Cans


Topic: Recycle Bin Size

Q: The recycle bins are smaller now than they used to be.  Does this mean less is being recycled?

A: No.  To maintain a successful program, the recycle bins are emptied 1-3 times per week depending upon how much they are used.  For example: Three recycle bins serviced twice weekly is the equivalent of 1-1/2 standard 30-yard roll-off boxes.


Topic: Accessing the Recycle Bin

Q: How do I get my recyclable materials into the recycle bin properly?

A: There are 3 options to access the recycle bin.

1. There are 2 small openings located on the lids.  For smaller volumes, simply place the recyclable materials through the 

2. The lids on top of the recycle bin.  Larger volumes of recyclable materials can be placed inside the bin by physically lifting the 
lids.  If you flip a lid open, please remember to close the lid.  This will prevent loose materials from blowing out of the bin.

3. There are sliding doors located on each side of the recycle bin.  Residents can open the sliding door on either side of the bin to
place recyclable materials inside.  If you slide a door open, please remember to close the door.

Some recycle bins require a lid lock to keep the lids from blowing open during windy conditions.  In this case, it is best to use the 
small openings located on the lids or the sliding doors located on each side of the recycle bin.


Topic: Plastic Containers

Q: #1 through #7 plastic bottles and containers are accepted for recycling.  The sign on your recycle bins say
#3 - #7 plastic containers.  Does this mean only #3 and only #7 plastic containers are accepted?

A: No.  All plastic food containers numbered #3. #4, #5, #6 and #7 are accepted.  The number can be found at the bottom of the plastic container inside a recycle symbol.  Examples of plastic containers falling into this category include (but are not limited to) plastic frozen food trays, deli containers, Solo cups, yogurt containers, etc.


Topic: Containing Loose Recyclables

Q: Can I use a plastic bag to contain my loose recyclable materials (e.g. - office / shredded paper, newspaper, magazines)?

A: Plastic bags should not be placed into the recycle bin.  Residents can contain loose paper materials in paper grocery sacs or reusable plastic bins.


Topic: Plastic Bags

Q: Can plastic bags go into the Aim to be Green recycle bins?

A: Plastic bags should not be placed into the recycle bin.  If you would like a listing of local businesses accepting plastic grocery bags for recycling please click on: Plastic Grocery Bag Recycling.


Topic: Styrofoam / Polystyrene

Q: Can Styrofoam or polystyrene (i.e. - Syrofoam egg cartons) be recycled in the Aim to be Green recycle bins?

A: No.


Topic: Butter Tubs

Q: A butter tub has a #5 in the recycle symbol at the bottom of the plastic container, why isn't it accepted for recycling?

A: The grease and oil residue left inside an empty plastic container is considered contamination.  However, the plastic butter tub (and other plastic containers containing similar contaminants) can be recycled ONLY if the remaining residue is completely rinsed out and has been thoroughly cleaned.


Topic: Separation vs. Co-mingling

Q: I used to separate my recyclable materials before dropping them off.  Now, I put all of my recyclable materials into the bin all together.  Won't all of the
material be contaminated?

A: No.  Once the material reaches the recycling facility, various methods are used to further separate and
process the materials.  These methods include mechanical sorting, optical scanners, bursts of air, eddy currents, overhead magnets, sorting screens, etc.


Topic: Contaminated Materials

Q: I have heard or have seen the term contamination.  What does it mean when the phrase "contaminated materials" is being used?

A: Contaminated materials are those items that are soiled with debris or food residue and items that are in poor condition or are unwanted in the recycling market.  Two examples can be used to help describe contaminated materials:

1) A pizza box is made of corrugated cardboard, a recyclable material.  However, the pizza box is considered a contaminated material if the grease and food residue from the pizza remain in the box.

2) Peanut butter is typically contained in a #1 or #2 plastic jar, a recyclable material.  The plastic jar is a contaminated material when the oils and sticky food residue remain in the empty peanut butter jar.  Once the contamination is thoroughly rinsed and completely removed from the jar, it can then be recycled.


Topic: Materials Collection

Q: Who is responsible for emptying the recycle bins?

A: Service is provided by Rumpke Recycling located in Mansfield, Ohio.  The material is collected and taken to their Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) located in Columbus, Ohio.  The facility uses single stream recycling to sort materials at 60,000 to 80,000 pounds per hour.  Weights are recorded from each drop-off site daily.


Topic: Weighing the Materials

Q: How are you able to record the weight of the materials being recycled?

A: As the recycling truck approaches the bin, the driver will insert its truck forks into the pockets located on each side of the recycle bin.  The truck will lift the full container and will hesitate for a few seconds.  At this point, the truck is recording the weight of the full bin.  The truck will continue to lift the bin, emptying the materials into the truck.  Before the bin is lowered to the ground, it will hesitate once more allowing the truck to record the weight of the empty bin.  The full bin weight minus the empty bin weight determines the actual weight of the materials.


Topic: Maintaining the Site

Q: Who is in charge of maintaining the recycling drop-off site?

A: Township Trustees and their maintenance staff are responsible for snow removal around the recycle bins and other issues regarding maintaining the recycling drop-off site.


Topic: Funding

Q: Who is responsible for paying to service the recycle bins?

A: The OSS Solid Waste District pays for servicing all Aim to be Green recycle bins across the District.  Landfills are charged fees for each ton of waste they accept.  This is how the service is funded.


Topic: General Questions / Comments / Concerns

Q: I have a question / comment / concern regarding the Aim to be Green Recycling Drop-off Program.  I would like to discuss the issue with someone.  Who should I contact?

A: Residents should contact the OSS Solid Waste District at 419-334-7222 or toll-free at 1-888-850-7224.

Communication from our residents is vital to maintaining a successfull program.  Our office encourages and appreciates all feedback that can be used to improve the efficiency and convenience of the service.


Board of Directors
Mark Coppeler  Mike Kerschner  Scott Miller  Kay Reiter  Jim Sass  Charlie Schwochow  Holly Stacy  Mark Stahl  Shayne Thomas