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Official: Finishing touches being put on trash contract

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WESTFIELD TWP. — Medina County’s sanitary engineer hopes to deliver a trash contract with Rumpke of Ohio Inc. to county commissioners for consideration by the end of July.

The contract with the Broadview Heights company is expected to cost $850,000 over 10 years for the processing and recovery of recyclables, as well as the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste.

Rumpke’s proposal is for commercial waste, not residential.

In a handout given to the Medina County Solid Waste Policy Committee Thursday morning at the former Central Processing Facility, the district hopes to have new services started by Nov. 1, 2019, and the CPF fully operational by Jan. 12, 2020.

“We’re down to the last couple of negotiating points and we’re very near delivering a contract to the county commissioners,” Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said.

Lyon-Galvin said the county’s gate rate/tipping fee most likely will increase under the contract. The current tipping fee is $42.30 a ton, and it’s projected to increase to $50 to $55 a ton.

The drop-off recycling bins around the county will remain. They are serviced by Kimble Cos. of Dover, and about 3,500 tons of recyclables a year are collected from the bins.

“Either curbside or bins, we expect them not to conflict,” Lyon-Calvin said. “Those markets won’t compete.”

The cities of Medina and Wadsworth run their own residential programs and bring the waste to the CPF. Republic Services handles Brunswick’s curbside waste program. Several different companies provide subscription curbside collection services in the townships and villages, including Kimble and Rumpke.

In other news

Solid Waste District Coordinator Beth Biggins-Ramer gave updates on two other programs at the meeting:

n The yard waste program started in April. The majority of lawn trimmings and brush come from residents who live in Westfield Township, Chippewa Lake, Seville and Lodi, she said.

Residents brought in 8,500 cubic yards of yard waste in the first three months.

Medina and Wadsworth have yard waste programs and bring items to the CPF. Medina has brought about 300 cubic yards of waste and Wadsworth about 400 cubic yards.

Residents can bring yard waste for free after they complete a registration form. Commercial clients must pay $20 a ton.

Residents have brought in about 1,687 cubic yards of yard waste this year, Biggins-Ramer said, which generated about $4,200 in revenue.

She said there is a gray area of people claiming to be residents but may actually be commercial clients.

“We take their word for it that they are residents and do not charge them,” Biggins-Ramer said.

“Let’s face it,” Commissioner Adam Friedrick said. “They are lying.”

Biggins-Ramer said the CPF might have to start charging a per-bag fee for yard waste in the future.

n The household hazardous waste program started in June. Items are accepted for free in the 8730 building, parallel to the weigh station, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 7 a.m. to noon Saturday. The largest item accepted is latex paint.

Biggins-Ramer said people don’t even have to get out of their cars to drop off materials. She said 416 vehicles have dropped off paint, aerosol cans, antifreeze and bleach so far.

She said in 2017, there were 1,800 vehicles.

“It seems to be going well,” she said. “We’re very pleased with that.”

She said they are getting about four cars per hour on average, and might consider expanded hours.

There is a charge to drop off tires. The cost can run from $1.50 per tire to $26.50 depending on the size.

“We spend over $20,000 a year (disposing of) tires, oil, antifreeze, refrigerants and electronics,” she said.

Tom James, retiring director of the Medina County Park District, said he hopes residents keep dropping tires off at the CPF instead of dumping them in secluded areas in the county.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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