Elk County Solid Waste Authority reorganizes

At Tuesday's meeting of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority, the authority reorganized for 2012. After the meeting began, the members immediately went into executive session to discuss personnel matters, with no official action taken. Russ Braun was reappointed as chairman of the authority, Robin Dubler as vice-chair and John Moran as secretary. Jim DeVittorio will continue as the authority's solicitor. The authority received a letter from Kersey resident Tia Meredith requesting assistance with the purchase of a paper chopper for animal bedding. According to Elk County Recycling/Solid Waste Coordinator Bekki Titchner, the cost of a chopper is roughly $3,000, and they last for a long time. The authority agreed to help fund the purchase the next time they receive 902 recycling grant money, provided Meredith send them a letter indicating her interest as well as the source of the paper for the bedding. Another letter was received from Greentree Veolia Landfill regarding a minor modification permit for air quality that was sent to the state Department of Environmental Protection. As of Jan. 4, the authority had a checking balance of $186,552.39, with about $13,000 in recycling payments still due them. Under the recycling/solid waste coordinator's report, Titchner said they are encouraging any business who does not currently recycle to bring material to the Elk County Community Recycling Center, and that any business who wants more information should contact her. She also noted that more area businesses are bringing in flex bags, which hold industrial material for use at powdered metal and other facilities, for recycling. The authority receives two cents a pound for sending the flex bags for recycling through JaSar. "The word's getting out on flex bags," Titchner said. "It's a little bit of money [for us]. It's a win-win." A meeting was held with Chris Lorson of CL Trading out of Jersey Shore, Pa., to discuss commodity pricing for the purchase of recyclables. Titchner said the pricing was very good, but an entire truckload of either fiber, plastic or mixed would need to be accumulated before it could be sent to CL Trading, meaning they would have to store more material. JaSar offers $10 a ton for office paper; CL Trading would pay $110 a ton. For plastic, JaSar pays $5 per ton; CL trading is offering $85 per ton. The authority is working with North Central Enterprises to expand to the remainder of the building that houses the Elk County Community Recycling Center in the Stackpole Complex in St. Marys. The maintenance man for the complex will move to a portion of the electronics center, so the center will lose some space there, but it will free up the remainder of the building for use by the center, which will allow for more room to sort recyclables and store them until pickup. The expansion will not be completed until summer.Pick up a copy of the Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012 edition of The Ridgway Record for more.