MEDINA — Cost factors are weighing into who will run the former Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township and what kind of waste the company will handle.
Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin told county commissioners Tuesday she still is negotiating with Rumpke Waste & Recycling Systems to run the CPF.
Rumpke has partnered with Vexor Technologies Inc., of Medina, which produces a fuel product from recyclables, and Machinex of High Point, N.C., the primary manufacturer of the equipment the company would use at the CPF.
If the county and Rumpke can reach an agreement, the Broadview Heights company likely would handle processing and recovery of recyclables, along with the transfer and disposal of commercial mixed waste such as garbage from businesses like Kohl’s and apartment buildings.
Residential waste is not on the table.
“We can’t deliver a cost-effective solution for residential waste,” Lyon-Galvin said.
Solid Waste District Coordinator Beth Biggins-Ramer said her department would lend a hand with any community in the county that wants to start a recycling plan similar to one in Montville Township, which began the county’s first curbside recycling program in November.
Montville trustees have a five-year contract with Kimble Cos., which also runs the county’s recycling bin program, for picking up trash and curbside recycling.
Montville is recycling at a
22 percent rate from its waste stream.
Many communities in the county have kept a close eye on what’s going on in Montville, which started what county consultant Jim Skora of GT Environmental Inc. called a non-subscriber program.
“Everyone has access to it, whether they use it or not,” he said.
What Montville residents pay depends on the kind of service chosen; for example, unlimited service includes one township-owned 64-gallon container for recyclables, one contractor-owned 95-gallon container for solid waste and any resident-provided cans or bags for solid waste collection.
Biggins-Ramer helped Montville trustees obtain an $180,267 grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the purchase of cart receptacles for the curbside recycling program.
York Township is starting the bid process for a similar service. Litchfield and Brunswick Hills townships are looking into starting a program comparable to Montville’s as well. Brunswick, which contracts with Republic Services for trash pickups, also is interested in a curbside program.
Medina and Wadsworth, which have their own sanitation departments, would have the option of starting a curbside program.
Whichever company is hired to run the CPF, it wouldn’t disrupt the county’s drop-off bins program for recyclables. That program has grown from 93 bins and 12,584 services (one service represents one dump of a bin into a truck) in 2015 to 174 bins and 26,104 services in 2018.
The county pays $80,000 per year for the drop-off bin program with Kimble of Dover.
“The drop-off program continues to grow,” Skora said.
Lyon-Galvin said she is negotiating with Rumpke for a 10-year contract. The company has been in business since 1932. It employs 3,000 workers and has 1,700 vehicles.
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