The Statehouse Recycles

Employees and visitors of the Ohio Statehouse generate an enormous amount of waste - each individual contributing nearly six pounds a day. Recycling reduces disposal costs and saves energy and natural resources. The Ohio Statehouse is proud to recycle. Recycling receptacles for paper, glass, aluminum and plastic are located throughout the Capitol Square complex. We hope that everyone will "pitch in" to continue to help make the People's House environmentally friendly! 

What Can Be Recycled?

Paper Acceptable Materials:

  • Computer paper
  • Notebook paper
  • Post-It Notes
  • Newspaper
  • Envelopes
  • Magazines
  • Junk Mail
  • Yellow Legal Pad
  • Index Cards
  • Paper Bags
  • Phone Books
  • Cereal Boxes
  • Cardboard

Bottles And Cans Acceptable Materials:

  • Aluminum Cans
  • Plastic Bottles (any color)


Why Recycling Is Important At the Statehouse

For every ton of paper that the Statehouse recycles, we save:

  • 17 trees
  • 380 gallons of oil
  • Three cubic yards of landfill space
  • 4,000 Kilowatts of energy
  • 7,000 gallons of water

Recycling paper creates five times as many jobs as making paper from virgin pulp. Every four tons of paper recycled at the Ohio Statehouse creates enough energy to power an average size home in Ohio for an entire year. 

In the first six months of 2007, the Ohio Statehouse recycled 46,000 pounds of paper saving:

  • 391 trees
  • 8,740 gallons of oil
  • 69 cubic yards of landfill space
  • 92,000 Kilowatts of energy
  • 161,000 gallons of water