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March 20, 2014

Curbside recycling program on hold

Operational issues at Kokomo Recycling delay start of city's curbside recycling program

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Kokomo Recycling, which began processing recyclables for Howard County in 2009 as Apex, has provided the service to the recycling district without an increase in pull fees. Mohr approached the board about increasing that fee to $125 per pull last year but was denied. The current contract with Kokomo Recycling expires in August.

“The increase [in pulling fees] is mainly so that we don’t bleed,” Mohr said. “We still have the common goal of putting the [materials recovery facility] in. We also have some ideas to retool the program with some front loading containers to stabilize the expense. We want to find a workable solution to sustain that cost.”

Before the city can begin its curbside recycling program, Kokomo Recycling must find a location to build its materials recovery facility.

Mohr said he is looking at a couple of locations where trucks can tip the recycled materials. First Farmers Bank & Trust, however, has not yet approved a loan, expressing concerns about the businesses’ financial state.

“The loan was neither approved or denied,” he said. “They just said by running all the numbers, you already have a cash flow problem that you need to address.”

In the meantime, Mohr has been sending recyclable materials to Wasteway Group in Elkhart, where they are being processed for a fee until a material recovery facility can be constructed.

Goodnight said the city will meet within the next month to determine what progress is being made in bringing a material recovery facility to Kokomo.

“We still like the idea of having the sorting facility here and the jobs and [local] investment,” he said. “We still hope that will be the case. If not, we still need to proceed.”

Martin Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8570, martin.slagter@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @slagterm.

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