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Two finalists remain for Central Processing Facility operation

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MEDINA — Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin told Medina County commissioners Tuesday that two companies are on the short list to run the former Central Processing Facility.

Commissioners passed a resolution 2-1 for Lyon-Galvin to enter into contract negotiations with both companies — Rumpke Waste and Recycling Systems of Broadview Heights and Entsorga of Tortona, Italy — and report back to them Feb. 20.

Two other companies — Kimble Companies of Dover and Envision Waste Services of Cleveland — are not completely out of the running, Lyon-Galvin said.

“They are not eliminated,” she said.

If negotiations are not successful with Rumpke and Entsorga, Lyon-Galvin will move to the third-ranked company, Kimble, and then Envision, which ran the former CPF for 20 years before its contract expired.

The decision will not be based solely on money, Lyon-Galvin said, noting she assigned a scoring system based on several factors.

The chosen company, for example, will “offer the greatest potential to maximize the recovery of recyclables and meet our goal of reducing tonnage to the landfill in a cost-effective manner,” she said.

The company also will be contracted for the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste, she said.

Whichever company wins the contract, it will continue with a plan for a mixed-waste processing plant at the CPF. This means recycling bins all over the county would remain, as well as any curbside programs.

“(Both are) working in the community,” Lyon-Galvin said. “This is a complementary solution.”

She said a group of county officials made on-site visits to each of the four companies under consideration:

  • Dec. 13 — Entsorga’s facility in Martinsburg, W.Va. Entsorga’s plant turns municipal waste into solid recovered fuel. “It’s being used as a fuel substitute by the cement industry,” Lyon-Galvin said.
  • Dec. 20 — Rumpke’s single-stream materials recovery facility, or MRF, in Cincinnati and its glass recycling facility in Dayton. An MRF is a specialized plant that receives, separates and prepares recyclable materials. Rumpke has partnered with Medina-based Vexor, which produces an engineered fuel product used as a substitute for coal.
  • Jan. 2 — Kimble’s Liverpool Township plant may be turned into a transfer station.
  • Jan. 9 — Vadxx, which was part of Envision’s proposal. Vadxx, in Akron, converts plastic waste into liquid eco-fuel, Lyon-Galvin said.

Rumpke would move into the now-empty CPF, which was cleared out recently of all its old machinery in Westfield Township. Entsorga wants to build a new building parallel to the old CPF.

Pat Geissman was the lone commissioner to vote voted against the resolution.

“I have a concern,” she said. “I need to know how you came up with the rankings. How can a firm (Envision) that ran it for 20 years be the lowest in the rankings?

“I need to understand what I’m voting on. I’m not comfortable voting today. This is too important of a decision to make if we’re not sure we’re doing the right thing. This is too important to rush into it. I just need some more answers.”

Geissman is a proponent of how the CPF was operated under Envision, when recyclables were separated from trash at the facility.

“We want things the way it used to be — put everything in one bag and take it to the curb,” she said in a previous Gazette story.

“That’s all I hear, and I’ve expressed that before.”

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



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