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 OVERSET FOLLOWS:County, 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.

The 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 station.

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.

Currently 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.

“The company has agreed to not charge for the transportation costs,” Schroeder said. “Putnam County will receive approximately $2 per ton for the glass.”

Siefker 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.

Jack Betscher, 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.

“We 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.

“We are just trying to be good stewards of the environment,” Siefker said. “And this is another way by putting more stuff into the recycling stream.”