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Medina County's mixed-waste processing plant being cleared out for new operator

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    Abundant Services has been contracted to clear out the former Central Procession Facility in Westfield Township.


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    A crane operator for Abundant Services Inc. is cleaning out the former Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township.


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    Abundant Services of Bath has been contracted to clear the former Central Processing Facility of all of its equipment.



Abundant Services has been contracted to clear out the former Central Procession Facility in Westfield Township.


WESTFIELD TWP. — By Dec. 1, the former Central Processing Facility will be a wasteland.

The Medina County Solid Waste District hired Abundant Services Inc. of Bath Township to salvage and remove all the equipment in the CPF for $64,000.

“Everything is to be removed,” Beth Biggins-Ramer, coordinator of the Solid Waste District, said at Thursday’s meeting of the Solid Waste Policy Committee. “Work is to be completed by Dec. 1. They have been busy out there.”

Clearing the facility is the first step in finding a new occupant to run the mixed-waste processing plant.

The Solid Waste District previously asked companies to submit a request for qualifications. Six companies responded by the Oct. 10 deadline, but only four submitted the required paperwork, Amy Lyon-Galvin, county sanitary engineer, said:

  • Kimble Co.;
  • Rumpke of Ohio Inc.;
  • Entsorga (of Italy);
  • Envision Waste Services LLC., which operated the CPF as a mixed-waste facility for almost 20 years before its contract expired.

Before Abundant started work, officials disconnected the gas and sprinkler systems and removed the electrical system. Then the company went to work and began removing the heavy machinery. As per its agreement with the Solid Waste District, Abundant will scrap the metal products and keep the proceeds.

The Solid Waste District has put together the following timeline:

  • Nov. 20 — Project proposals are due from the four finalists.
  • Dec. 5 — Notice of intent to negotiate. Lyon-Galvin will make her recommendation to county commissioners and, if approved, will start negotiations.
  • Jan. 2 — Contract is awarded.
  • Nov. 1, 2018 — New services start at CPF. “There will be some activity on the processing floor,” Lyon-Galvin said.
  • Jan. 12, 2019 — Full operation underway.

She said the district will negotiate a 10-year contract with the new company. It will own the new equipment. At the end of that contract, there would be an option for the county to purchase the equipment. Rumpke currently owns the transport, transfer and disposal contract at the CPF. That contract will expire in January 2019.

“We want to encourage innovation and ideas and rely on the experts to come in and tell us what they would propose to provide these services and continue our interest in recovering more recyclables here in the county,” Lyon-Galvin said.

“This is all-inclusive deal. They will conduct TTD (transport, transfer and disposal) services.”

If any additions need to be made to the facility, the new company would be responsible for the design and build.

“We want to increase the recycling numbers,” Lyon-Galvin said. “They will be paid by the recovered ton. There will be an incentive for them to recover and process tonnage to see that reward.

“We want folks to be innovative and see how that will be maximized.”

Curbside and the recyclable bin programs will remain in the plan.

Brunswick Service Director Paul Barnett, who’s on the Solid Waste Police Committee, said: “We’re probably proceeding with a cart program. We are looking at either a trash cart and a recycle cart, or just a recycle cart and bags for trash. We’re down to those two (options).”

He said he viewed the CPF when he worked as service director for Summit County.

“It never operated the way it was intended to operate,” he said. “I think everybody realizes that.”

He said very few facilities are going to a mixed-waste processing operation.

“I look at this and people are building Fords, Chevys and Porsches,” Barnett said. “Now, we’ve got a Studebaker that went bankrupt. We’re looking to build Studebakers.

“I caution the commissioners to be very careful what you do here. I sure wouldn’t want to be a second white elephant put into production. Almost everyone in the industry is going to carts and separation of curbside across the United States.”

County Commissioner Pat Geissman, who attended the meeting, said residents want to put all of their garbage and recyclables in one can and for someone else to separate everything at the CPF.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or

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