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Envision pitches renewed recycling to Medina County Commissioners

Envision Waste Services CEO Steve Viny is offering to “reinvigorate and reopen” Medina County’s Central Processing Facility and transform it into a state-of-the-art recycling facility.

Viny explained his proposal during public comments at the county commissioners’ weekly meeting Tuesday.

Envision, headquartered in Cleveland, operated the CPF from its inception in June 1993 until 2015.

Viny said if he were awarded a bid to operate the facility again, it would take about 10 to 11 months to install his plan.

He said he’s willing to purchase new waste processing equipment, which would cost about $11 million. He is a proposing a 20-year agreement.

Viny also said he would guarantee a recycling rate of 40 percent of waste processed.

Of the 140,000 tons of waste that is collected annually in Medina County, he said only 70 percent is “processable waste.”

He said that equates to about 39,200 tons of recyclables extracted each year, excluding yard waste composting. Adding yard waste composting would bring that total to about 50,000 tons recycled annually.

The county’s current drop-off bin recycling program recovered 1,354 tons of commingled recyclables for 2015.

“This represents the lowest level of recycling in Medina County in two decades,” Viny said.

County Commissioner Adam Friedrick told Viny it would be up to the Solid Waste Policy Committee to decide which company, if any, takes over the CPF.

It also would decide on the length of a contract. It would make its recommendation to the commissioners, who would make the final decision.

“It’s not that we wouldn’t be interested in a shorter term, because we would,” Viny said.

Commissioner Pat Geissman said she was happy Viny came to speak to commissioners.

“We want things the way it used to be — put everything in one bag and take it to the curb,” she said. “That’s all I hear and I’ve expressed that before.”

Friedrick said there is a large element of the population that wants that method of trash collection.

“The SOAP (Sum of All Parts) works, but what we haven’t had was a mixed-waste processing solution, similar to what Envision is offering,” he said.

“A lot of that is due to the MC-18 Work Group/Policy Committee that took months to determine whether it was comfortable keeping flow control or to write a new policy that didn’t have flow control.”

The Sum of All Parts includes the drop-off bins, curbside recycling, business recycling and cardboard recovery from the transfer station at the CPF.

Viny said the county hasn’t released 2016 numbers yet on trash operations.

He expects the county’s 54 drop-off locations to produce 3,000 to 5,000 tons of commingled recyclables — not adjusted for contamination.

Viny said a “reinvigorated” CPF would recycle and divert about 10 times the amount of recyclables each year compared with the current drop-off program.

“As another way to look at it, we would recycle and divert as much material in a single year as the county’s drop-off program accomplishes in a decade,” Viny said.

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



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