Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

July 31, 2013

Miami County eyes new recycling center

Officials say new facility would make recycling easier.

By Carson Gerber MC Weekly
Kokomo Tribune

---- — Miami County officials are looking into building a new solid waste and recycling center that officials say would make recycling easier for residents.

The county currently pays more than $200,000 annually to contractors to pick up and dispose of hazardous waste, tires, electronics, appliances and traditional recycling like glass and plastic.

Samantha Ward, executive director of the Miami County Solid Waste District, said the current waste program works well, but an actual facility in the county would make recycling easier for participants.

“Our current program serves county residents well,” she said. “We work out of an office and work with vendors to have the most programs available to help residents dispose of many problem wastes … But if we had a facility of our own, we could take in the materials every day that we currently collect only on certain days.”

Ward said the solid waste district has looked into building a recycling facility on and off since 2004, but decided to investigate the possibility more fully late last year.

She said major issues the district is investigating include a location that would allow residents to easily get into and out of the area, and the space needed to take in larger amounts of waste.

The Miami County commissioners said one possible location would be near the Miami County Jail.

Ward said a county recycling facility would provide a more convenient program for residents by offering more hours and a centralized drop-off location for waste.

She said officials continue to look into a new facility, but no decisions have been made.

Carson Gerber can be reached at 765-854-6739, or at carson.gerber@kokomotribune.com.