Mark Fredrick brought his own trash can with him to the Medina County commissioners meeting Tuesday. “I don’t expect miracles,” he said. “I do expect recycling.”
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MEDINA — County commissioners finally signed off Tuesday on a 10-year deal to have Rumpke of Ohio handle the county’s commercial trash operations but not residential collection.
County officials have tried for month to work out a plan for hauling recyclables and waste as well as getting the former Central Processing Facility back up and running. And despite criticism and a split vote Tuesday, moving forward with Rumpke is the game plan.
Commissioners Adam Friedrick and Bill Hutson voted for the 10-year deal worth an estimated $4.9 million per year. The contract runs from Jan. 12, 2020, to Jan. 11, 2030.
Commissioner Pat Geissman voted against the contract, calling it a mistake.
“This is the wrong way to go without residential (collection),” she said. “We have to do what we can do for our residents and listen to what they are saying. This is a big mistake.”
Rumpke, of Broadview Heights, will handle the processing and recovery of recyclables, as well as the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal solid waste. In addition, Rumpke will accept, transfer and transport source-separated cardboard and source-
separated recyclables that are delivered to the former Central Processing Facility.
The facility in Westfield Township is not currently used as a sorting and processing plant for recyclables. Instead it serves as more of a transfer location for waste destined for the landfill. This deal will upgrade the facilities.
“I don’t expect miracles,” Fredrick said. “I do expect recyclables. (There’s) no reason why we can’t be on the cutting edge of recycling.”
Rumpke will handle commercial waste, as well as some residential waste from apartment complexes, nursing homes and condominiums.
But this means that the county’s municipalities must handle their residential trash collection on their own.
Medina and Wadsworth have their own sanitation departments, which take their trash to the processing facility and have to pay a tipping fee per ton. Brunswick has a contract with Republic Services for its garbage, while the townships and villages contract with private haulers.
Medina County Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said the processing facility is expected to be fully operational by January 2020.
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.
The county will pay up to $1.3 million for improvements to the processing facility, Lyon-Galvin said.
This plan does not sit right with residents and some elected officials who spoke during Tuesday’s meeting.
Lafayette Township Trustee Lynda Bowers said she is perplexed about what happened at the processing facility, which was once a state-of-the-art facility.
“All of a sudden, bam, it’s just bad and gone,” she said. “We don’t understand how that happened.”
She’s worried about rising costs for her residents who are concerned that private haulers’ rates will eventually skyrocket once the tipping fees at the processing facility increase.
Wadsworth Ward 4 Councilman Bruce Darlington said he just can’t wrap his head around having a trash contract without residential.
“(When tipping fees are increased) residential customers will have to pay for the cost of commercial recycling and not get any benefit out of it,” he said.
The tipping fees are currently $42 per ton. The new contract calls for the tipping fees to go up to $52 to $55 per ton.
Lyon-Galvin said Rumpke will be paid $35 per ton for the transfer, transport and disposal of municipal waste. The processing facility brings in 140,000 tons of mixed waste per year, which equates to about $4.9 million annually.
Tipping fees were previously $61 per ton when Envision ran the processing facility. Envision’s contract expired in 2015 after running the CPF for more than 20 years. It was one of four companies vying for the current contract, in addition to Kimble Cos. of Dover and Entsorga of Italy.
Seville resident Jerry Springer and Medina resident Mark Fredrick, who brought a garbage can with him, spoke out in opposition of the contract.
Springer suggested commissioners delay voting since Friedrick’s term expires at the end of the year.
“Let’s hold off until we get a new commissioner,” he said.
They didn’t, electing to move on the contract as the details have been pending since commissioners approved it July 31.
“Is it perfect?” Friedrick asked. “Absolutely, it’s not perfect. I wish there was a residential piece right off the bat.”
Rumpke rated the highest on a scoring system devised by Lyon-Galvin.
After 10 years, there are two five-year extensions to the contract, potentially drawing the contract out to 20 years. At the end of the first 10 years, the county has the option of buying the equipment in the process facility that Rumpke is in the process of purchasing.
“It presents a bright future for us to meet the goals of the county,” Lyon-Galvin said.
Rumpke has guaranteed to recover 5 percent to 25 percent of the 140,000 tons of waste coming into the processing facility.
The county will still operate its Sum of All Parts program, where recycling bins, prescription curbside and other factors will combine for about 16,000 tons of recyclables. There are 174 single-stream recycling drop-off bins situated around Medina County, even though eight have been taken out of the Buehler’s Fresh Foods Great Oak Trail store in Wadsworth.
They’ve been moved to other drop-off locations, Lyon-Galvin said.
Friedrick said the deal is about the Medina County Waste District’s goal to recycle more, keep flow control (all county waste must to brought to the processing facility), reduce its costs and allow the townships and villages to run their own programs.
“This is the next step in making those things a reality,” Friedrick said. “Is there a residential piece down the (road)? I sure hope so. There is a cost associated with that.
“I know there is disagreement with people in this room. I stand before God. This is the next best step for us and why I’m going to vote yes on it.”
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