Final Project

Final Project - Voice Thread - IMPORTANT! When clicking on this link, it will take you to my Voice Thread Page. I have several slideshows there. The final draft is titled, "Sewage and Waste Management".

Recovering Rome - Sewer and Waste Management
Problem: People Do Not Want to Recycle
96 Gallon Recycling Bin - These were started to be delivered to citizens in Cincinnati in the Fall...

In my opinion the problem in Ancient Rome is that they didn't recycle. If they would have recycled they would have been able to save many of their resources like timber. This was a resource that went scarce over time.

Visit this website for details about Rumpke's Recycling:


Prendergast, Jane. "Giant Recycling Carts on Way | | Cincinnati.Com." | Cincinnati.Com | Cincinnati News, Community, Entertainment, Yellow Pages and Classifieds. Serving Cincinnati, OH. copyright, 2010. Web. Feb. 2011.

"Cincinnati Recycling Program To Undergo Changes - Cincinnati News Story - WLWT Cincinnati." Cincinnati News, Cincinnati, Ohio News, Weather, Sports, Entertainment, Obituaries - WLWT Cincinnati's Channel 5. copyright, 2011. Web. Feb. 2011.

N/A. "City of Cincinnati - Recycling." City of Cincinnati - Home. n/a. Web. Feb. 2011. <>.

Helpful Sites:

Sanitation in Ancient Rome

Info on Recycling Bins

A strong expert contact conversation AND a THANK YOU at the end:) Great job, Kate! --Miss Place
Hi Miss. Gray,
Thank you so much for the response! This is very much appreciated!! Also, if you wouldn't mind thanking Miss Broadwater for me, that would be great! Also, I know that this department might not have anything to do with your role at Rumpke, but today I also contacted the Public Relationship Department and they were very helpful! Thank you so much for your help!
Kate Schlosser
On Tue, Feb 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM, ANNE K GRAY <> wrote:
Hi Kate,

Please see the following response to your questions from my colleague, Molly Broadwater. Molly is a member of the Rumpke Corporate Communication Dept. If you have additional questions, please direct them to me. Thank you for thinking of Rumpke and recycling. I encourage you to view our recycling websites: and

Good luck with your project!

All the best,

Anne K. Gray
Municipal Public Sector Representative
Rumpke Recycling
5535 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45217
Office: (513) 242-4401 Ext. 7164
Fax: (513) 242-4459



Here are my thoughts:

1. The City is currently finishing its roll-out of its enhanced recycling program, which includes larger containers, the move to every other week collection and the opportunity to earn rewards through the RecycleBank program. Delivering more than 90,000 recycling containers has proved to be challenging, and due to inclement weather has taken longer than expected. Additionally, prior to the adoption of the enhanced recycling program, the majority of Cincinnati residents didn't recycle, so a challenge we now have is to get all residents to use their carts for recycling.

2. The City of Cincinnati has contracted with RecycleBank ( to offer Cincinnati residents an incentive to recycle. Incentives include coupons, discounts and gift cards to retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues. However, to earn these incentives, residents must register directly with RecycleBank. Currently, only 12 percent of the City has registered for the program.

The City of Montgomery, currently subscribes to the RecycleBank program, but will cancel the service at the end of this year due to the extra cost of the program. (Please see article below)

3. We are optimistic that providing Cincinnati residents with a larger capacity to recycle (the bigger containers) will increase the City's recycling rate. Already, the City has realized a significant increase in the amount of material residents are putting at the curb over last year's rates.

Let me know if you have questions.


Molly Yeager Broadwater
Corporate Communication Coordinator
Rumpke Consolidated Companies, Inc.
3800 Struble Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
(513) 741-6765 - Office
(513) 615-1668 - Cell
(513) 385-9628- Fax

Montgomery wishes RecycleBank Godspeed
By Jeanne Houck • **** • January 7, 2011

Montgomery has a message for RecycleBank: we'll take it from here.

City Council has decided to at year's end discontinue the rewards program Montgomery launched in October 2008 with RecycleBank, a company headquartered in New York City that offers homeowners discounts and rewards from participating local and national businesses based on the amount of recycling the homeowners do.
Council took the action after a survey of residents showed they believe strongly enough in the importance of recycling that they don't need a rewards program anymore - especially since it now comes with a $25,000 price tag.
Montgomery officials say it will cost the city $24,760 to continue the RecycleBank rewards program, originally a two-year pilot effort funded by grants that expired in December.
Come Jan. 1, 2012, Montgomery officials say, rewards will no longer be given. Curbside recycling will continue.
That's just fine with a number of survey respondents, one of whom said, "We favor recycling. We like the container and use it weekly.
"We have not used the rewards points because we have to spend too much money to receive a small discount on restaurants or services.
"We would like to see recycling continued in Montgomery, but the $24,760 could be put to better use."
Montgomery officials say the number of residents recycling has grown to 90 percent and the amount of recyclables collected has increased 60 percent in the past two years.
Mayor Gerri Harbison said other factors besides the RecycleBank rewards probably contributed to the hike - including the recycling toters they've been given.
"We have seen a terrific increase in recycling that we believe is a combination of several factors," Harbison said.
"Our residents have expressed much satisfaction from the larger toters with wheels, which makes it easier for them to recycle more.
"This has been combined with the RecycleBank program, however the city also assembled a complete marketing campaign to help educate our residents and we believe this educational portion has increased awareness significantly," Harbison said.
"We are hopeful that even as we transition out of RecycleBank over the next year, that our residents will continue the trend to fill the toters and have less actual trash, as that is what is best for our environment."
RecycleBank officials could not be reached for comment.
Here are more voices from the survey:
  • "I don't think the rewards are worth the extra time and effort to redeem them."
  • "We would recycle anyway and don't care about the points."
  • "By now, recycling is a habit. For the most part the people that do it today will continue to do it in the future regardless of any reward. Continue educating people about the benefits and convenience of recycling, but stop the rewards. We have far better things to do with our tax dollars."
  • "I think we should recycle anything we can, without need of some kind of reward. I think all of us should continue to recycle and the city keep the $24,760."
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Date: 02/15/2011 09:57 AM
Subject: Fw: Sewer and Waste Management in Ancient Rome

Hi Molly,

I will respond to the following questions submitted by the student from Nagel Middle School. However, I would like some perspective from you on any "setbacks" or "glitches" with The City of Cincinnati program. Also, if you have any input on the other questions that would be appreciated.



Dear Ma'am or Sir,
In addition to my other questions, I would also like your feedback on the following question...

- What are some positive effects of the program and what have been some set backs?

Thanks again.

Kate Schlosser

Dear Ma’am or Sir,
My name is Kate Schlosser and I go to Nagel Middle School. My class is working on solutions for solving Ancient Rome’s everyday problems. I am working on Sewer and Waste Management – I decided that a solution to this problem is recycling. I recently did some research on the new recycling program in Cincinnati with the 96 gallon recycling carts. I just had a few questions for you about the new program…
1. How is the program going so far? Have there been any glitches?
2. Are you providing incentives?
- If not, do you think you will in the future?
- If so, are they worthwhile in today’s economy?
3. How do you think this will improve waste management in the Cincinnati area?
Thank you very much for your time.

Kate Schlosser