Mahoning Co. officials debate leaf composting funding

YOUNGSTOWN — The core values of recycling were at issue in the debate over potential curtailment of funding for leaf recycling and composting due to the Mahoning County Recycling Division’s budget crunch.

The debate concerning that $74,000 budget item occurred at a meeting today of the county’s solid waste policy committee.

How much, if any, funding the county will provide its townships and municipalities for leaf collection will be discussed and resolved at a 9:30 a.m. Sept. 9 meeting of the committee at the county board of elections conference room at Oakhill Renaissance Place on Oak Hill Avenue.

The discussion occurred in the context of reduced income to the recycling division due to reduced landfill dumping and last year’s closing of the Central Waste Landfill in Smith Township, which leaves the county with only two active landfills. The recycling division is funded by fees landfills pay for each ton of waste dumped.

The division is exploring new ways to cut spending as it expects to end this year with a balanced budget. It expects to collect about $2.3 million in revenue, spend about $2.9 million, and make up the difference with about $600,000 in carry-over money from 2012 to 2013, but have no carry-over into 2014, said Lou Vega, county recycling director.

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