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Rumpke, Medina County reach 10-year deal for operation of former Central Processing Facility

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    Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin



Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin

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MEDINA — Medina County commissioners approved a resolution 2-1 on Tuesday for Rumpke of Ohio Inc. to run the former Central Processing Facility.

Under the proposed 10-year contract, Rumpke would handle the processing and recovery of recyclables, and the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste. The contract would run Jan. 12, 2020, to Jan. 11, 2030, with renewal options at the discretion of commissioners.

“It’s down to the final pieces of the contract,” county Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said. “All the key points have been negotiated.”

She said attorneys and the county prosecutor’s office are working on the contract’s language.

What the contract with the Broadview Heights company would cost the county has not been ironed out, Lyon-Galvin said, but $850,000 over 10 years was a figure mentioned previously.

Lyon-Galvin said the timeline for equipment to be installed and the former CPF to be fully operational is January 2020.

“We’re hoping to better that (timeline),” she said.

Rumpke will handle commercial waste, as well as some residential waste from apartment complexes, nursing homes and some condominiums.

The plan is for Rumpke to partner with Medina-based Vexor Technologies, which produces an engineered fuel product, and Machinex, the primary manufacturer of the equipment the company will use at the CPF.

Commissioner Pat Geissman voted against the resolution and said she can’t support a program that doesn’t include residential recycling.

“Amy, I know you’ve put a lot of work into this, but I represent the citizens of Medina County,” Geissman said. “They want it to be the way it used to be. They don’t want to go to the (recycling) bins (serviced by Kimble Cos. of Dover). Every time I’m out in the public, I hear the same thing.

“With a good conscience, I can’t support a program that doesn’t include residential. (People say they) don’t care if they have to pay a little more.”

Geissman said county residents want to support a program where they can put all their garbage in one bag or container.

Commissioner Adam Friedrick said in an ideal world, he would have liked to see residential trash included in the plan.

“The answer to that is that we wanted to pay less,” Friedrick said. “To add a residential piece to this, at this point, it’s not cost-effective. The market for recyclables has changed dramatically. There is a higher level of purity.”

Lyon-Galvin took some heat at the commissioners meeting for the lengthy decision-making process.

Friedrick said the blame shouldn’t fall on Lyon-Galvin and Beth Biggins-Ramer, the Solid Waste District coordinator.

“To put that blame on Amy and Beth is 100 percent wrong,” he said. “The reason it’s taken this long is because of the people in this room (Solid Waste Policy Committee). It took months, if not years, deciding whether to keep flow control.”

An offshoot to the new contract will be an increase in the tipping fee/gate charge. It’s currently $42 per ton and will increase to $52 to $55 per ton.

“If the tip fees increase, it’s difficult for the cities to absorb that without passing that along to the residents,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said. “That’s the quandary. Residents will have to pay more.”

County Administrator Scott Miller said if the plan included residential, the tipping fees would have climbed to around $65 a ton.

Medina and Wadsworth provide trash collection for their residents, and because of flow control rules, they bring their garbage to the CPF.

Brunswick pays Republic Services to collect trash, but Service Director Paul Barnett said the city is considering a curbside recycling program where residents would separate their recyclables and garbage.

Envision Waste Services LLC operated the CPF for 21 years before its contract expired in January 2015.

Envision CEO Steve Viny said at the meeting his company offered a proposal that was cost-effective and included residential waste. He said his plan also called for the county to keep the recycle bins around the county.

Local trash hauler Curtis Martin, president of C. Martin Trucking, was critical of Tuesday’s plan, and said Envision was never seriously considered.

He urged commissioners to vote down the plan.

“I’m livid,” he said.

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

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