Hirtzel approached the commissioners regarding the parcel because it is owned by the county.
“We’re down to where we’ve been limping through temporarily at our old location, month to month,” she said during the meeting. “That’s getting to be a worn out Plan B. I’m getting anxious to move forward with something else.”
In the meantime, the solid waste district has been forced to continue operating its two recycling bins it is renting from the Howard County Recycling District from the lot on Development Drive so that residents can take their recyclables like plastics, glass and paper, until a new facility is secured. The district is still unable to collect recyclables like tires, electronics and hazardous waste, since losing TWR’s services.
Hirtzel said she envisions a new facility would not only have the capability to act as a MRF, but also as a learning facility where visitors can learn more about the recycling process. The district, which is state funded, would be responsible for the maintenance of the facility, where security cameras would need to be installed.
“We want to thank the community for their patience,” Hirtzel said. “To see the program on hold is frustrating, but not devastating.”
For more information on the solid waste district’s operations, call 765-675-9006.
Martin Slagter can be reached at 765-454-8570, email@example.com or on Twitter @slagterm.