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Cincinnati goes 'orange' with new recycling program

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Cincinnati is going "orange" with the launch of a new recycling program. 

The program offers an alternative for textiles, clothing and housewares that aren't donated to charity.

Monday, city leaders held a ceremonial first collection event in East Price Hill, in conjunction with partner Simple Recycling.

The Ohio-based company will offer free curbside collection of "soft recyclables" to residents.

Simple Recycling will pick up supplied orange bags on each customer's normal recycle collection day. 

Replacement bags will also be provided to those participating in the program.

Simple Recycling will actually pay the city $.01 for each pound of material collected.

City officials said the program could divert at least 1,000 tons of material from landfills each year, while resulting in an estimated $70,000 of revenue for the city each year.

"This is an innovative partnership that the City of Cincinnati will profit from, literally and figuratively," said City Manager Harry Black. "We're providing a cost-free service to our residents, protecting our local environment and actually making money from this deal."

According to the contract, "soft recyclable" items includes clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, mirrors, blankets, drapes and curtains, pillows, small furniture, small household appliances and audio visual equipment.

Residents are still encouraged to give to local charities. 

"We want to remind residents that this is ultimately a landfill diversion program," said Black. "We strongly encourage residents to continue to donate items to charity. The purpose of this program is to prevent items that would otherwise be thrown in the trash from ending up in a landfill."

Over the last several weeks, all residential homes in Cincinnati have been mailed orange bags and details about the program.

If you have not received the mailing, call Simple Recycling at 866-835-5068 to request a collection bag.

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