OTTAWA — Putnam County has been awarded a $100,000 grant by the Ohio EPA to recycle glass.
For over a year Putnam County has been paying to send their recycled glass to the Hancock County Landfill.
Ashley Siefker , the community recycling coordinator in Putnam
said with this grant the county will be able to upgrade the transfer
sites so the glass can safely be dumped into roll-offs. Rumpke Recycling
Facility, Dayton, will collect the glass from this site.
county’s personnel will transport the disposal containers to strategic
location in the county including the three roll-offs at Walmart, then
unload the containers into the 40-yard roll-offs at the transfer
Part of the grant funds will be used to upgrade the
roll-off sites at the transfer station Another part will be used to
implement and maintain this glass recycling initiative.
The County will support this initiative by contributing an additional $24,000 for finishing the required site improvements.
the county collects 140 tons of glass per year. They were paying
Hancock County Landfill $42.75 per ton to take the glass. Commissioner
Vince Schroeder said with the labor required to deliver the glass to
Hancock County it was costing Putnam County $60.70 per ton which
resulted in nearly $8,500 per year for the county.
has agreed to not charge for the transportation costs,” Schroeder said.
“Putnam County will receive approximately $2 per ton for the glass.”
said they plan to increase the glass collected by soliciting glass from
local businesses including restaurants, bars, and wineries. The county
hopes to show a 12 percent increase in collected glass as a result of
the diversion of 17 tons of additional glass.
Putnam County Administrator, said the improvements in technology has
made this program possible. “Now the collection does not have to be
sorted,” he said. “They have machines that take untreated and broken
glass and does the sorting. “It’s much more sophisticated than it was in
the past and they have outlets that use the glass,” Betscher said.
have no problem with recycling participation in Putnam County,” Siefker
said. “The residents and companies have always been very cooperative.”
she said not all counties have this type of cooperation. In Putnam
County the amount or materials recycled from residents and commercial
businesses has increased from 11 percent of the solid waste in 2004 to
68.88 percent in 2010.
Commissioner John Love commended Siefker and Betscher for their work required to receive this grant.
are just trying to be good stewards of the environment,” Siefker said.
“And this is another way by putting more stuff into the recycling