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$250,000 state grant to be used to build materials recovery facility



Published: Wed, May 10, 2006 @ 12:00 a.m.



The county hopes to receive fees on recyclable materials collected here.

By DEBORA SHAULIS

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Mahoning County may be home to two materials recovery facilities by year's end.

The county and Associated Paper Stock Inc. of North Lima have been awarded a $250,000 market development grant from the recycling and litter prevention division of Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

Tom Yanko, president and chief executive officer of Associated Paper Stock, told county commissioners Tuesday that the money will be used to build an MRF. That's where recyclable material is taken to be sorted and prepared for market. Plastic and aluminum currently are in high demand, he said.

A 14,000-square-foot addition is planned at his 15,000-square-foot building on South Avenue Extension, Yanko said. He hopes the MRF will be open by October.

Associated Paper Stock had to pledge matching funds to receive the grant, but the company likely will spend $500,000 to build the facility, Yanko said. He anticipates creation of 12 to 15 jobs.

Another county-sponsored grant application with Recycle Management Inc. of Pittsburgh wasn't approved, but owner Gabe Hudoch still plans to build a smaller-scale MRF near a landfill in Poland Township, said Jim Petuch, director of Mahoning County's Recycling Division.

About the company

Associated Paper Stock began in 1970 as a trucking business that picked up cardboard bales from grocery stories, Yanko said. The company handles 7,000 tons of cardboard and office waste per month. It will collect an additional 2,000 to 3,000 tons of recyclable material per month when its business expands to include plastic containers, aluminum cans and more, he said.

The county hopes to receive fees on recyclable materials collected here, similar to fees it gets for trash that's taken to local landfills.

Associated Paper Stock may eventually receive all materials that are collected at drop-off sites, while Recycle Management will get the county's curbside collections, Petuch said.

Robert Carcelli of Struthers, chairman of the Regional Recycling Alliance, said he and Petuch will meet with representatives of six surrounding solid-waste districts over the summer to discuss the plan. A meeting will be scheduled in September to ask for their commitments to send their recyclables to Associated Paper Stock's MRF, he said.

shaulis@vindy.com




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