Rental properties make up majority of Kent trash violators

By Lily Martis and Robert Carroll Back when students still lived with their parents, typically, Mom cooked dinner, Dad mowed the lawn and the chore of taking out the trash would fall on the children. Now that students have left the nest in pursuit of a college degree and live on their own in off-campus rental properties, taking out the trash is still a necessary chore that must be done weekly. The City of Kent Health Department data indicates that 92 percent of all documented trash violations involve rental properties – typically rented by students at Kent State University. More than 60 percent of Kent includes rental properties. On April

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Single-stream recycling is the new way to go green

By Andrew Bugel and Tyler Trill In an effort to increase recycling and revenue, Portage County has adopted “single-stream recycling.”Plans to move to single-stream recycling will take place in November. Before the move, the county used “duel-stream recycling” as the main method of sorting recyclables. However, more communities have decided to go with single-stream and Portage County is following in their path. Duel-stream recycling involves separating recyclables into two separate containers. Glass bottles and cans will go in one container, while fiber products such as newspapers, magazines and cardboard are placed in a separate container. The new system of single-stream recycling will combine all recyclables, including cardboard, into one bin which will

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Kent enforces stricter trash regulations

  Story by Martin Harp and Chelsey Milkovich Video by Jenson Strock As of April 1, 2015, the City of Kent Health Department will begin giving citations for violations of city ordinance 521.08, which deals with concerns of solid waste management and litter control. The total number of solid waste violations and time spent by health department staff in Kent has increased significantly over the last few years. Public Health Sanitarian Kyle Kelly said it is the responsibility of each owner, tenant, occupant or person in control of the premise, private or public, to comply with the ordinance. “There is an ongoing solid waste problem in Kent,” Kelly said. The

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Trash-related violations increase in 2014

Trash complaints increased dramatically in 2014 compared to previous years, according to the Kent Health Department‘s records. The projected number of complaints in 2014 is 315, an 18 percent increase from last year’s. Trash-related complaints were 266 in 2013, 118 in 2012 and 141 in 2011. Public Health Sanitarian Kyle Kelly said the Kent Health Department has noticed the trend regarding the increased trash violations. The department has spent about 882 hours enforcing the local trash ordinance last year, but non-compliance remains frequent, he said. “Complying with the local trash ordinance needs to be a priority for all owners and occupants,” Kelly said. “Many local residents are tired of neighbors

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