Waste facility to begin new enterprise
By MONICA BOND
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN -- The Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District hopes to begin operations at its new facility June 7, said Bob Villers, director.
The two counties' household hazardous waste recycling facility recently moved to 5138 Enterprise Blvd.
"We're just trying to get finished and get final approval of the Warren City Fire Department." he said.
The recycling facility will be open June, July, and August on Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Tuesday's hours will be 6 to 9 p.m. and Thursday's hours will be 1 to 4 p.m.
Clean Harbors Environmental, with headquarters in Massachusetts, has a $200,000 contract to collect, handle, sort and process material received for recycling. Villers said the waste district is working with the Cleveland division of the company.
"Everything we collect is segregated, packed and shipped the same day. Nothing is stored on site overnight, nothing is buried here," he said.
The exception is the oil tank, which will be emptied once a week.
Villers said the district plans to operate the recycling facility only June through August the first year, to see how its budget is. Next year the district plans possibly to extend operations a month earlier or later.
Previously, Villers said the waste district ran four collections a year: Two in Geauga County, two in Trumbull County, in the spring and fall.
"A one-day collection costs about $80,000 because we had 40 employees working a 12- to 15-hour day, with overtime pay. Our new schedule should be much less expensive than four one-day collections. We'll have only four employees," he said.
Villers also said the new schedule will offer better service.
In addition, the facility offers educational programs for children. Villers said the waste district has an educator, paid for by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, who does presentations for pupils during the school year and to summer camps.