We’ll say it again

We are taking a moment to recycle a message shared periodically with readers over the last few years.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

We have long been advocates of recycling. Thankfully, towns across Northeast Ohio continue to take part in this important effort to save the Earth through sustainable practices. Many of our communities have curbside service, making it easier for residents to recycle. Others have convenient drop-off recycling centers.

The word on recycling was really starting to take off several years ago when grocery stores encouraged shoppers to bring their own bags. People were being informed how to make better choices with plastics, cans, paper and glass. But COVID-19 hit and the fear of spreading the virus cut out the push to reduce and reuse.

We’re back on track now, with stores allowing customers to bring their own sacks.

But old habits die hard. Recycling centers around Geauga County are again seeing abuse of the collection bins where garbage is being dumped and “wish-cycling” is in full force.

Bainbridge officials are frustrated over people leaving unrecyclable items, like a sofa, wishing someone will want it and take it away.

Those items need to be donated or put on the curb during community clean-up days.

To help residents out, the Kiwanis Club of West Geauga in conjunction with Chester Township is planning a “Leave and Take” event next month where residents can leave their item on display and see if someone else wants it and takes it home.

Bainbridge Township recently upgraded its recycling center, increasing space by about 40 percent and installing fencing and security cameras to catch anyone who breaks the rules.

So those caught on camera leaving garbage or an old mattress may face charges of littering or vandalism. Other communities say this method is reducing the violations.

The best way to recycle is to follow the rules posted at every collection center.

Reduce, reuse, recycle.

Masks are back

Masks continue to set off a firestorm of debate among parents as public schools prepare to start the new school year this month.

Kenston Local School District and Orange City School District officials just announced that masks will be required indoors and on school buses for all students, faculty, staff and visitors regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. Solon City School District is requiring masks for pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, indoors and on buses, but just recommending them for the older students. Chardon Local School District officials are recommending masks, but say it is a personal choice.

The Kenston and Orange guidelines are based on the advice of health experts as the number of coronavirus cases increase and the Delta variant becomes a major factor.

Some parents support the mask requirement while others do not.

But numbers don’t lie. On Tuesday, Ohio recorded 2,326 new cases in a 24-hour period – the highest increase in that time period since April 13. The total number of cases in Ohio as of Tuesday was 1.123 million since the start of the pandemic roughly 17 months ago. The state reported 24 deaths on Tuesday from COVID-19, taking the total to 20,580.

The encouraging news is that as of Tuesday, 50.17 percent of people in Ohio had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Medical experts say vaccines and masks are the most effective tools we have right now to stop the spread and save lives.

School leaders say they are basing their decisions on science. This is the best way to keep students and adults

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