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The impeachment debate is drawing a big line between Republicans and Democrats. But the parties are working together on some bills. 

Republican U.S. Sen. Rob Portman is working on a bipartisan bill that he says would increase recycling. But he said voters don’t often hear about efforts like that.

“So much of the media is focused on controversy because, I guess, it sells," he said.

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Municipal recycling programs are as different as the communities they serve. But keeping a large recycling stream pure is a universal challenge.

The city of Akron has launched an initiative to combat the increasing volume of contamination in its recycling streams.

Over the next three months, the “Recycle Right” campaign will rely on bin inspections and ongoing communication with residents, according to Akron Chief of Staff James Hardy.

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The City of Akron has partnered with local sustainability organizations to institute a Recycle Right campaign. ReWorks and Keep Akron Beautiful will work with the city to teach residents how to properly recycle.

Keep Akron Beautiful CEO, Jacqui Ricchiuti, says people need a refresher on what is recyclable.

Five Central Ohio communities will be handing out 38,000 new recycling bins to their residents, free of cost, over the next month.

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, November 26:

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Cleveland officials say they’ve starting handing out $100 fines to people who don’t deal with their trash and recycling properly.

Starting Wednesday, the city is writing citations for residents who mix trash with recycling or leave garbage outside of trash cans.

Michael Cox is the city’s director of public works. He said improper handling of waste is costing the city time and money.

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Cleveland residents who don't follow the rules for recycling will be fined starting Wednesday. 

Diane Bickett is the Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, which provides information on the do’s and don’ts of recycling. She said the entire county is dealing with issues related to improper recycling.


Here are your morning headlines for Friday, July 27:

  • Judge grants gag order in UH fertility case;
  • Congressman Jim Jordan announces he'll run for Speaker of the House;
  • More former OSU students come forward in alledged sexual misconduct case;
  • Cleveland to roll out recycling fines Aug. 1;
  • Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder campaigns for gubernatorial candidate Richard Cordray;

Judge grants gag order in UH fertility case

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Here's your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 12: 

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Here are your morning headlines for Monday, June 11:

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Here are your morning headlines for Tuesday, June 5: 

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Stark County Is Trimming Its Yard Waste Program to Keep Commercial Haulers Out

Mar 14, 2018
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The Stark County yard waste drop-off program is getting trimmed: The waste management district in charge of the program is taking steps to offset rising costs.

Gates and cameras are being installed at drop-off locations to ensure commercial companies, which are prohibited from using the sites, don’t. 

The executive director of the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne recycling district, David Held, says the program changes are meant to focus on residents.

Summit Metro Parks to Recycle Used Christmas Trees

Dec 26, 2017
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Summit Metro Parks is holding its annual drop-off locations for used Christmas trees.

Lindsay Smith is the marketing coordinator for Metro Parks. She says the trees are used to beautify its parks.

Residents can give their trees a second life beyond Christmas and the Metro Parks can use this wood to chip into mulch, and our crew use it around our trailheads to use as landscaping compost.

Smith says they usually get over 100 yards of mulch from the donations.

Metro parks began the Christmas tree recycling program in 1970.

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The Democratic party's platform on the environment, has lofty goals. The Democratic National Convention itself in Philadelphia is trying to live up to them while hosting 50-thousand people.

Can all those people travel, eat and party without taking a toll on the environment? 

If you're looking for a trash can at the Pennsylvania Convention Center or the Wells Fargo Center, where the DNC events are taking place, you'll likely come across a set of three bins: one for recycling, one for compost, and one for the landfill.