ASHLAND ─ After months of suspension, Ashland County will resume recycling services in mid-June through a countywide drop-off program.
Commissioners on Thursday unanimously voted for entering a contract with Kimble Recycling & Disposal Inc. of Dover for the provision of recycling drop-off services. There will be 52 bins available 24/7 at 12 locations throughout the county.
President Commissioner Denny Bittle said Kimble will pick up the materials one to three times a week on Monday, Wednesday or Friday, depending on the location.
Julie Monroy, Kimble’s account manager, said those bins will take two categories of recycling. One is for paper and cardboard. The other will take plastics bottles and jugs, glass jar and bottles and metal cans.
The recycling bins will be painted green and have yellow labels on them. Bittle said the county will own the bins and the board has requested business standard products that are more sustainable.
Monroy reminded the public of cleaning and drying the materials before taking them out.
“Take an extra minute. Take your spaghetti sauce jar, give it a good rinse before placing it into your recycling bin,” she said.
While boxes are recyclable, the company will not take greasy pizza boxes, she added. It does not take plastics bags, either.
Kimble will order the bins that Ashland County has requested, Monroy said, and place them at designated locations by the second week of June. She also said the company has multiple successful contracts with different solid waste districts. The one for Ashland should be a good fit.
The county stopped offering recycling services in mid-December after it closed the recycling center. Bittle said the county office receives phone calls every day asking about the services. Many residents have accumulated the materials at their houses and some of them stopped recycling.
The commissioners expect a large volume of materials to come out when the bins are available. Bittle asked residents to call the commissioners’ office when there is a need for extra pickups.
“If there's not a room in the bins, don't put them on the ground,” Commissioner Michael Welch said, “that's disrespectful to the businesses that have allowed us to put them there.”
Ashland County will pay Kimble $11,447 each month for the service, Bittle said. The contract will last for five years. The county will use the solid waste management district fee to pay the expense.
Bittle said the drop-off program is more stable and cost-effective for the county when compared with reopening the recycling center and offering the services through the facility.
When the center was still in operation, workers had to separate different materials and break open bags manually, Bittle said. Also, there was a lot of trash in the bins, including diapers, broken glasses and needles.
Welch said the recycling center has experienced a constant turnover of employees in the past. But Bittle said the board has not made any decisions to reopen or close the facility for good.
A resident asked during the meeting if the county would recycle electronics. Bittle said commissioners are working on finding a local recycler to provide that service. The board also plans to organize a couple of recycling days every year at the fairgrounds to take tires, hazardous waste and other materials that the drop-off program will not cover.
Locations for the recycling drop-off services could be found in the following table: