According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, close to 200 tons of material have likely come through the Community Recycling Center over the course of the past year. Not only is the county's recycling program thriving, but the program's budget is also no longer in the dire straits it was a year ago.
"We are no longer bleeding red, which is incredible," Titchner said.
The end of this month will mark one year since the county's recycling operation moved to the Community Recycling Center at the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. That decision came with a number of changes that saw drop-off recycling containers completely removed from St. Marys and other areas, and plastic collection limited only to the center.
"We were spending upwards of $60,000 a year just on the drop-offs," Titchner said. "This year so far we've spent $11,000. That is a substantial savings. We're able to market our materials. We're not getting a lot of money for them, but we're actually making money over there on each load that goes out. That's been helping. [Getting our financial situation turned around has been due to] a mix of things, but mostly being a lot more fiscally conservative. We had to."
The center is also awaiting delivery of a new baler that will allow them to market their recyclables independently of JaSar. Since JaSar owns the baler currently used at the center, all of the items baled with it have to be marketed through them. Along with this, new electronics legislation was recently enacted and authority members anticipate that it will also lead to an increase in revenue.
Pick up a copy of the Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2011 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.
Solid Waste Authority
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 29
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: Courthouse Annex