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County looking to bring Central Processing Facility back to life

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WESTFIELD TWP. — By July 1, 2018, the Medina County Solid Waste District expects to have a fully operational materials recovery facility at the former Central Processing Facility.

That goal was outlined in a report Thursday by Amy Lyon-Galvin, county sanitary engineer, before the Solid Waste Policy Committee.

Known as a “murf,” it’s a plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials for marketing to end-user manufacturers.

In the meantime, the district plans to sell all the mixed-waste processing equipment left at the CPF by Sept. 15.

“The building will be empty and suitable for its next life,” Lyon-Galvin said. “We’ll take that burden off their hands.”

About the same time, the district plans to request quotes from prospective companies to operate the CPF.

“We want to select a service provider and negotiate the contract,” Lyon-Galvin said. “We want to be able to purchase the equipment as a county. We believe there’s some transparency with the county incurring the debt and purchasing the equipment. That would make us fully aware of those components that we are purchasing.”

She added: “It’s a tall order. We’re really excited about the opportunity to consider new proposals, different technologies, broaden our horizons of what could be and see what competition and opportunity draws to our table.

“We want to build flexibility into whatever solution we choose so it serves the needs we have today, along with the foreseeable future.”

County Commissioner Bill Hutson said certain qualifications will be written into the request for quotes, or RFQs.

“The next step is to develop criteria for the RFQ,” he said. “ ‘Here are our objectives. Here’s what we’re trying to accomplish. Here’s the recycling rate. Here’s the range of tipping fees.’ We’ll make it well-defined.”

The news that the district wants to purchase its own equipment was met with surprise from some at the meeting.

“I don’t know why the county would want to go into debt when we’ve had proposals where the equipment was part of the (potential company’s) proposal,” county Commissioner Pat Geissman said.

Lyon-Galvin said taking on that debt is intentional.

“Flow control is our means of demonstrating to the (Ohio Environmental Protection Agency) that we have the appropriate tonnage coming in to make our debt payments,” she said. “Debt is built into our plan as an intentional step to allow us to continue to operate under that situation.

“There are certain things that will benefit the county by buying the equipment. We’ve been told by the equipment operators that we’ll have to update the equipment every three to five years. That fits within our plan to make those investments. We’ll have that control of the equipment.”

All trash generated in the county is transported to the CPF. There also are bins throughout the county where residents can drop off recyclables.

Per Ohio law, the Solid Waste Plan identifies the district’s strategies for managing the facilities and programs and works toward achieving state recycling and waste-reduction goals. House Bill 592 requires every Ohio county to be in a recycling district and to meet recycling goals. Medina County established its solid waste district in 1990.

Kimble Cos. operates the community drop-off program. It also runs the CPF as a transfer station and takes trash generated here to its landfill in Dover.

Commissioner Adam Friedrick asked two of the experts at the meeting how the district was doing.

Andrew Booker, of the Ohio EPA, said in his opinion, the district was stuck in a perpetual planning phase.

“You’ve had your plan done,” he said. “At some point, you have to say here’s our path and go do these things.

“You’re had a complete reset, as far as where you’re at as a district. You have good momentum. Clearly there is some work to be done. It’s great that you’re engaged. At some point, you need to get something done.”

Jim Skora, of GT Environmental in Stow, said compared to other waste districts, Medina County’s is on par.

“You run a transfer station,” he said. “You’re offering a broad spectrum of services. It’s an integrated system. I think the district is doing well.”

Geissman said she wants to speed up the process.

“It’s been 2ᄑ years and we don’t even have a RFP (request for proposal),” she said. “We need to take action. All I hear about is trash. We should have something done.

“We need an RFP. I’d like to see a proposal by Aug. 1 to get this thing moving. This has been going on too long.”

Other news

  • Brunswick will have two public hearings — 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall and 7 p.m. June 20 at the Brunswick Recreation Center — to discuss trash options with city residents. The options are: remain the same using recycling bins provided by the county; curbside recycling with one cart and unlimited trash; and fully automated recycling with two carts.
  • After opening bids from prospective trash haulers at the Montville Township trustee meeting at 7 p.m. June 27, the township is expected to kick off its program Nov. 14.

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



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