Heights communities not leaders in recycling

Cleveland Heights in 2007 was not among the county's top 10 recycling communities, according to the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District's newly released 2007 annual report on residential recycling.

While some might expect Cleveland Heights to lead the pack, the city ranks 11th out of 58 communities in the report, which is posted on the county's website www.cuyahogaswd.org/pdf/2007ResidentialRecyclingReport.pdf. The report shows Cleveland Heights' recycling rate dropping slightly, from just under 50 percent in 2006 to about 46 percent in 2007.

However, there is an error in the county's 2007 figures, according to city officials. When asked to verify the county's totals, the office of Cleveland Heights City Manager sent its own figures, showing that Cleveland Heights actually disposed of 18,289 tons of material, not the 20,000 tons referenced in the county's report. The figure for the amount recycled was the same as the county's: 17,022.26 tons.

With the adjustment, Cleveland Heights' recycling rate becomes 48.2 percent, moving its ranking up to eighth place.

University Heights recycled much less of its garbage than Cleveland Heights did in 2007. University Heights' total of 2,324.43 tons of recycled materials represents 27.67 percent of its trash –– an increase of 1.7 percent over 2006, but not in the top ranks.

So who are the leaders in recycling in Cuyahoga County? Woodmere tops the list with 68.72 percent, followed by Beachwood at 67.13 percent, with Pepper Pike third at 61.53 percent.

Bratenahl is fourth at 52.42 percent, Independence fifth at 52.36 percent, Walton Hills sixth at 52.12 percent, Hunting Valley seventh at 49.11 percent, Cleveland Heights eighth at 48.2 percent, Bedford Heights ninth at 47.23 percent, and Bay Village tenth at 46.87 percent.

Shaker Heights is almost tied with Bay Village, but a few decimal points bring it down to 11th, at 46.21 percent.

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Volume 2, Issue 1, Posted 1:55 PM, 12.23.2008