Reworks is new name for recycling

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- The name has changed to Reworks, but the recycling is the same for Summit/Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, whose mission is "zero waste through leadership, education and engagement."

Executive Director Yolanda Walker presented the new vision of the organization Nov. 26 to Hudson Council members.

Walker said the updated plan, originally written in 1989, will continue financial support for residential curbside recycling programs and expand commercial waste reduction and recycling opportunities for Summit County businesses. In addition the plan will educate Summit County residents and companies about recycling.

The plan is updated every five years, and Council will need to vote on the updated plan with a resolution or ordinance by Feb. 12.

Ads in the Hudson Hub-Times show what products can be recycled and include cartons, paper and cardboard, plastics No. 1 through No. 7, glass bottles and jars and aluminum and other metal cans.

Some members of the Hudson Environmental Awareness Committee were present at the Nov. 26 meeting and said they would review the plan and make a recommendation to Council by January.

"Businesses and residents ask for more recycling opportunities," said Sonya Mottram, staff liaison to the committee.

The Environmental Awareness Committee serves Hudson by educating its residents on environmental issues and how to be more environmentally friendly.

Some of the subjects they address include recycling, storm water, and water and energy efficiency. They promote issues at the Earth Day event, distribute recycling bins, speak to students and coordinate the "Get Caught Green Handed" team.

Storm water education includes a rain garden at Barlow Community Center and rain barrel demonstration at Hudson Springs Park. The Committee also seeks grants, including the Summit Akron Solid Waste Management Authority's recycling grant and a rain garden grant from Tinker's Creek Watershed partners.

Residents will notice that recycling is easier because with new technology, items do not need to be separated as in the past, Walker said.

"It's the biggest change and makes it easier to recycle," Walker said.

In addition, there is a household hazardous waste recycling center for Summit County residents at 1201 Graham Road in Stow open from June through September on Thursdays from 2 to 8 p.m., Walker said.

Items such as motor oil, aerosol cans and household chemicals can be taken there. A complete list or more information is available at


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