GreenSpot Household eNewsletter June 2023


GreenSpot Household eNewsletter June 2023

Average people and the average community can change the world. You can do it just based on common sense, determination, persistence and patience
-Lois Gibbs

Topics in this edition include:

  • Weekly recycling
  • CoGo BikeShare member discount-few remain
  • GreenSpot Community Backyards-rebates
  • Movie night hosted by Sustainable Columbus
  • Litter League is back, play ball!
  • Tree planting volunteers needed
  • Recycle Right at work; common recycling myths
  • Columbus Public Utilities prairie prep-volunteers needed
  • New GreenSpot organization members
  • GreenSpot tip o’ the day!
  • Did you recently move? Update your account
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Weekly recycling

The City of Columbus will expand to weekly residential recycling collection beginning the week of June 12, 2023 to support cleaner, healthier neighborhoods and reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill.

The expansion from biweekly to weekly recycling collection of the household blue containers is one of several new programs the Columbus Division of Refuse Collection is leading to support the city’s Climate Action Plan goals. The expanded city service, versus the current biweekly collection, is expected to increase the amount of recyclables collected by 25 to 40%, divert these items from the landfill, and help meet the manufacturing need for recoverable materials. Of the locally collected recyclables, 95% go to businesses in the U.S., and the vast majority of the recoverable materials are used by manufacturers in Ohio and the Midwest.

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CoGo BikeShare member discount-few remain

We still have a few discounts remaining for FREE CoGo annual membership (an $85 value). Email GreenSpot with “CoGo” in the subject line. This is in partnership with Lyft and City of Columbus Recreation & Parks Department.

Annual memberships include:
• FREE Unlocks all year long
• Unlimited 45 minute trips on classic bikes
• Per Minute discounts on ebike rides
Learn more here.

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GreenSpot Community Backyards-rebates

Columbus residents can receive a rebate for a backyard conservation item through the annual GreenSpot Community Backyards program! Take an online course or attend a local workshop to learn about backyard conservation such as rain barrels, rain gardens, native plants, and composting. After participating, you will receive a voucher for a rebate to use on a rain barrel, native plants, or a compost bin. Residents who participate will be signed up as a Columbus GreenSpot member. To learn more and participate, visit here

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Watch and Learn with Us- Movie Night Hosted by Sustainable Columbus

Vote on which film Sustainable Columbus should have a public viewing on. This includes a panel discussion afterwards and public participation. The films to vote on explore climate change, environmental justice, energy innovation, and resilience. Click here to cast your vote!

Litter League graphic with baseball; glove and information.

Litter League is back, play ball!

Swing Batter Batter Swing! Columbus Litter League is back for the 2023 season. Columbus Litter League is a summer-long litter cleanup program with a fun baseball theme. You can compete in one of four divisions- businesses, non-profits or faith based, neighborhood groups, and as an individual. Points are awarded for each full bag of litter collected. A winner will be declared in each division with the overall winner receiving a special prize. Each team that actively completes cleanups will receive complimentary tickets to 3 Columbus Clippers home games. What are you waiting for? Suit up and help Keep Columbus Beautiful. To find out how you can register a team, click here

Green Columbus flyer on tree plantings

Tree planting volunteers needed

Green Columbus is scheduling an emergency work day to complete planting and maintenance at their Hilltop community tree nursery. Can you spare a few hours this Saturday to help provide thousands of free trees to Columbus residents later this fall? Volunteers will be potting trees, installing bamboo stakes, weeding, and monitoring the irrigation system.
Learn more and sign up here.

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Recycle Right at work; common recycling myths

Recycle Right at Work: Signage and Bin Placement: Wednesday, June 14th at Noon. 

SWACO is working with Franklin County businesses to achieve a goal of 75% diversion by 2032. They know that implementing sustainable recycling programs can be challenging. Bin Placement and Signage are key components of a successful recycling program. This free 30-minute webinar will review best practices and the bin and signage resources SWACO has available for businesses. Register here.

Myths Vs Facts: Common Recycling Myths Debunked! Wednesday June 28th at Noon to 1pm. 

There is a lot of information out there about recycling, but not all of that information applies to the recycling program in Franklin County. During this webinar, we will cover common recycling myths and learn more about how to avoid wish-cycling. By recycling right, you can help to reduce pollution, contribute to clean water, conserve natural resources, and reduce central Ohio's reliance on landfills. Register for free here.

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Columbus Public Utilities prairie prep

Columbus Department of Public Utilities is preparing for a native plant garden in front of the 910 Dublin Road building. But they need your help! They are looking for ten people to help put in stakes and cover the area with a tarp in order to prep the ground for a planting next spring. Join GreenSpot as we prep the ground. Volunteers will receive a GreenSpot reusable water bottle. The work will happen on Friday the 16th from 11am-noonish. Registration is required. Please email GreenSpot by Wednesday the 14th to reserve your space.

New GreenSpot organization members

Team GreenSpot thanks Magnetic Springs Water Company and Boys & Girls Club – Southside for recently joining!

GreenSpot tip o’ the day!

Check for water leaks in the kitchen and bathroom sinks by putting an empty cup under them. Wait an hour; if you see water then you have a leak.

Did you recently move? Update your account

You can update your GreenSpot member account by logging in and click the “Actions” button then “Update Location.” If you’ve moved out of Franklin County or adjacent county, contact and we will de-activate your account.

Outside contributors to the eNewsletter include SWACO, Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District, Green Columbus, Columbus Department of Public Service, and Keep Columbus Beautiful.

GreenSpot is a program within Sustainable Columbus at the Columbus Department of Public Utilities. Stay connected through our social media.