Sue Magness

Recycling Coordinator, City of Cincinnati

Ms. Sue Magness has been working in the field of recycling, solid waste management, and environmental education for over 25 years. Currently, the recycling coordinator for the City of Cincinnati, she has improved the recycling infrastructure by converting from bins to carts, adopting RFID technology, piloting corner can recycling in business districts, and adding clothing & housewares to the curbside collection program. Additionally, utilizing the community-based social marketing approach, 8 targeted neighborhood research campaigns have been implemented and are under evaluation with results ranging from 4% to 14% sustained increase in participation. Since starting with the city in 2008, participation in the curbside recycling program has increased from 35% to 70%, tons collected has increased 49%, the diversion rate went from 10% to 26%, and the lowest contamination rate in the country at 12%. Ms. Magness currently serves as Policy Board Member for the Hamilton County Recycling and Solid Waste Management District (,  Advisory Panel for the Environmental Education Council of Ohio (, Founding Board Member of Green Umbrella ( (2007-2014) and former Board Member for Leave No Child Inside of Greater Cincinnati ( and Greater Cincinnati Bonsai Society (

 Ms. Magness has a Bachelor of Science from Northern Kentucky University in Psychology with an emphasis in Environmental Psychology and minor in Marketing. In her free time, she enjoys bonsai gardening, hiking, and traveling. 

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