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Recycling increases in Columbiana County

Published: Sat, October 9, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

By D.A. Wilkinson



Recycling in Columbiana County is up almost 25 percent through July compared to the same period last year.

Chris Jacobs, the executive director of the Carroll/Columbiana/Harrison Solid Waste District recently released the information.

“We have seen a large increase in the number of people using the [recycling drop-off] sites,” he said.

But why?

Jacobs said he believes “People are finally starting to get the message.”

He’s been with the program since it began in 1994.

The estimated 2009 Columbiana County disposal total was 71,000 tons. That figure included residential, commercial and industrial waste. He deals mostly with residential waste.

The residential program accepts paper, newspapers, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, steel and aluminum cans, No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers and green, brown and clear glass bottles.

In the residential category in Columbiana County in 2009, people recycled 5.3 tons of appliances, 6.2 tons of electronic devices, and 797 tires equaling 10.2 tons.

He believes that recycling is gaining popularity because of the bad economy. People who want to tighten their budget can do so by recycling. The savings comes when people take items that can be recycled to the local drop off point for free. Recycling cuts curbside removal charges from garbage haulers.

“It’s very easy to do,” he said.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

You do not drop off for free you burn gas and in most cases you burn more than you would save.
Example gas $2.75 a gal. scrap paper $.02 cents a lb. that's 137 lbs of paper just to brake even not counting your time or ware and tare on your car.
Things that are profitable are all ready recycled, aluminum, steel, copper, these things have been saved for many years

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2Sm_o_dee(13 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

lee, You're so smart to figure out how much it costs to recycle that you apparently slept through your spelling classes. "ware"& tare" ????

I recycle in Columbiana. The recycling station is about 1.5 miles from my house. It costs next to nothing to recycle because the station is right next to a gasoline station. Whenever I go get gas, I recycle at the same time.

Instead of trying to figure out how to NOT recycle, try to just concentrate on your grip of the English language.

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