Ask Eartha: A summer of climate change

Dear Eartha, Is it hotter than usual, or is it just me? It’s hot. As my colleagues and I sweated in a steamy office this week, I began to wonder if local temperatures were breaking any records. Then the Summit Daily News confirmed my suspicions — with highs pushing the mid-80s last week, we were darn close. […]

Ask Eartha: Top 4 recycling mistakes

Here in Summit County, the High Country Conservation Center helps residents improve their recycling with on-the-ground education. Maybe you saw Christy Turner, the center’s recycling specialist, at one of the recycling centers, explaining what can and can’t be recycled in those massive containers. Or, maybe you received an “oops tag” on your recycling bin, identifying […]

Ask Eartha: Disposing of your yard waste

Dear Eartha, I’ve started putzing around my yard, gathering leaves, trimming trees and stacking branches. How does the free Summit County Chipping Program work? What should I do with the rest of my yard waste?  Kudos to you! By cleaning up the branches, leaves, and shrubs around our yards we are reducing the risk of […]

Ask Eartha: Why is recycling so different in Summit?

Dear Eartha, On a recent vacation to Summit County, I noticed that the items accepted in my condo recycling bin were much more limited than what we can recycle at home. Why is recycling so different from place to place? I can relate to your frustration. For example, my friends in Ohio can recycle plastic […]

Ask Eartha: Need new lawn gear? Here are some tips.

Dear Eartha, Now that the snow’s melting, my yard is coming back to life! My old lawnmower is due to be replaced soon. Before I pick up another gas-powered mower, are there other options I should check out? These days, you can electrify your car, your home heating system, your water heater, your cooktop — […]