Last year I wrote a column about the city’s recycling program and about a grant we received from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio.
I mentioned the motto “reduce, reuse, recycle” and the importance of diverting waste away from our congested flows. This year I would like to qualify my thoughts with a fourth “r” – responsible. How we choose to dispose of food, household materials, hazardous waste and other substances from landfills is just as important as what we divert. Using the right containers and practices can help our community promote public health.
In August 2020, the city created a free food waste drop-off location at 1525 Goodale Blvd. through a partnership with Compost Clubhouse. The immediate success far exceeded our expectations and required us to double the size of the site within the first six months.
Although our drop-off site is open 24/7, some residents use a curbside pick-up service or compost in their homes. Even with sustainable practices, we encourage everyone to take proper precautions with food waste and waste to avoid the presence of unwanted nuisance animals such as rats, raccoons and skunks. Eventually, most unwanted guests appear around our homes and businesses because of the food and/or shelter available. Securing food sources in an enclosed area or container and using a waste bin with a sealing lid is helpful in eliminating the food source.
Franklin County Public Health provides many resources for preventing vector-borne diseases, including administering our mosquito control program. Mosquitoes, known for being carriers of West Nile virus, need standing water to reproduce. The amount of water required is minimal and can include birdbaths, buckets, pet water troughs, planters, or clogged gutters. If all residents take steps to reduce standing water around their property, we can help reduce mosquito populations.
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For the mosquitoes we can’t prevent, our Franklin County team sets traps to capture and test the trapped mosquitoes. When certain criteria are met, including a positive result for West Nile virus, Grandview Heights will be placed on the spray schedule where a contractor will spray after sunset, weather permitting. This year’s data alone demonstrates the efficacy of a treatment across the community, which will have an even greater impact if we do our part to prevent the mosquito population from increasing. In general, mosquitoes can last until the first severe frost of the year, so I recommend that you be aware of standing water even if the temperature starts to cool over the next month.
While a tub filled with water from a recent rainstorm on a porch may not seem like such a big deal, it’s a reminder that taking small steps to protect you and your neighbors can ultimately protect your entire community. We thank you for that. If you have questions about the above topics or want to learn more, Franklin County Public Health offers an online resource myfcph.org/.
Greta Kearns is the mayor of Grandview Heights.