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Medina County OKs trash contract


Rumpke of Ohio Inc. will be the county’s new trash removal provider at the Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township next year.

Medina County commissioners on Tuesday accepted Rumpke’s bid and awarded a two-year contract that runs Jan. 12 through Jan. 11, 2019. Commissioners Adam Friedrick and Tim Smith voted for the contract and Pat Geissman against.

The contract for the Medina County Solid Waste Management District is separate from city trash collection in Brunswick, Medina and Wadsworth and does not affect an agreement with Kimble Companies of Dover, which operates drop-off bins and curbside recycling for townships in the county.

The contract with Rumpke, based at 2175 Stiving Road in Mansfield, includes:

  •  $25.50 per ton for the transfer, transport and disposal of approximately 140,000 tons annually of solid waste from the CPF
  •  $77 per ton for the transfer, transport and processing of about 85 tons annually of cardboard
  •  $75 a ton for the transfer, transport and processing of source-separated, single-stream recyclables.

Bob Havenga, district manager of Rumpke, said it was a matter of dollars and cents.

Kimble, which held the contract the last two years, bid $27.69 per ton, said Don Johnson, business development manager.

Havenga said his company’s bid will save the county $300,000 a year compared with the Kimble bid.

“It will save the county a tremendous amount of money over the next (two) years,” he said.

Johnson said if more recyclable material was brought into the Central Processing Facility on Lake Road in Westfield Township, it would close the gap between his company’s bid and Rumpke’s.

“In your argument, there’s a speculation when that gap will close,” Friedrick said. “Even if it closes within year one and year two, we’ve still paid the lower rate for the bid specs for that first year. Two years is not a long contract.”

After two years, the county will re-bid the contract.

“Kimble has been a fantastic partner,” Friedrick said. “We still have the drop-off bin contract, as well as the curbside stuff you’ve implemented in the (townships).”

Kimble started its curbside recycling program in March in the unincorporated areas of Medina County.

“We’ve gone from zero homes to about 1,700 homes in a very short period of time,” Johnson said. “We appreciated the opportunity to run the facility (as a transfer station).”

The Solid Waste Policy Committee/MC-18 Work Group still is working on a mixed-waste processing solution at the CPF. Officials said that would take at least a year to get the CPF up and running if the right solution could be found.

“(Tuesday’s) contract is for the removal of waste that is not recyclable,” Havenga said. “That’s not in the realm of this contract. That’s a whole different ball game.”

Havenga said solid waste will be transported to a Richland County landfill on Noble Road.

Other news

  •  Commissioners re-appointed Richard Sisko to a term on the Medina County Port Authority from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2020.
  •  Friedrick was appointed to the Summit and Medina Workforce Area Council of Governments for 2017.
  •  Lynda Bowers, Joseph McNeil and Stacey Tramonte were appointed to the Community Reinvestment Area Housing Council and the Enterprise Zone Tax Incentive Review Council. Their terms will expire Dec. 31, 2019.

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

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