Some sites no longer collect cardboard
A funding source was lost when the state eliminated the corporate franchise tax.
By ED RUNYAN
VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF
WARREN --The number of Trumbull County sites accepting cardboard for recycling has been reduced because a state grant was lost.
The good news is private recycling locations on North River Road in Howland and at Niles Iron and Metal are still able to accept cardboard, a recycling official says. Many other sites in the county continue to accept other recyclables.
Holly Carine, program manager for the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste District, said 2005 will be the last year statewide for the Community Recycling and Prevention Grant from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
For the local solid waste district, the grant was bringing in $162,725 for an education specialist, an administrator, a litter collection program and collection of corrugated and lightweight cardboard.
Funding for 2006 is unclear, Carine said. The funding source for the current grant -- the corporate franchise tax -- was eliminated in the last state budget.
The replacement funding -- tipping fees charged to garbage haulers for construction and demolition debris -- will collect less than half the amount of the franchise tax, she said.
After the state budget was approved, Carine said, she learned that $32,000 of the grant funding for this year was also in jeopardy.
She began making cuts in her program immediately, she said, including the cardboard collection program and a reduction in the educator's hours from 40 to 20.
At five sites -- Brookfield Fire Department, Braceville Road Department, Bolindale Fire Station in Howland, Niles Police Department and Liberty Fire Department -- cardboard collection ended in mid-September, she said, adding that four locations in Geauga County discontinued cardboard collection at the same time.
A site in McDonald is still trying to fund its cardboard collection and still has a site for now.
Trumbull County has 29 recycling sites accepting magazines, newspapers, plastics No. 1 and 2, glass bottles and jars, and aluminum and steel cans, she said.
The solid waste district's Web site now shows locations accepting cardboard at the Bristol Township garage, Hubbard Volunteer Fire Department, Vienna Fire Department and at Wal-Mart on Elm Road in Warren.
Shenango Valley Mall in Hermitage also accepts cardboard.
Governments in some communities where cardboard collection was available plan to pay a hauler to continue the service on their own through the end of this year.
Carine cautions people in the communities where cardboard collection was cut off not to take the material to a nearby community that is paying for it on their own.
Carine didn't want to list those other communities to avoid having them get cardboard from outside areas.
"If those other communities get inundated, they will close," she said. "Those communities are paying for it, so don't take it there if you don't live there," she said.
"We're not saying don't recycle cardboard," she said. Instead, she said she suggests taking it to the private sites in Howland and Niles.