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First solid waste district director joins committee


Published: Thu, March 6, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

James P. Stratton of Boardman, who was the first director of the Mahoning County Solid Waste District from 1990 to 1998, has been elected to a two-year term on the county’s solid-waste policy committee.

Stratton, who was elected by the committee Tuesday, is now a computer and telecommunications consultant and president of JPS Consulting Inc.

He succeeds Dr. Kristine Shoemaker of Beloit, whose term expired.

Dr. Shoemaker, a retired dentist, served six years on the seven-member committee, which oversees the county’s recycling efforts.

Stratton said he wants to help the district “stabilize the financial situation and look for options for new revenue” to offset the district’s losses in landfill dumping-fee income.

“He adds a lot of value” to the committee based on his recycling leadership experience, David Ditzler, chairman of the county commissioners, said of Stratton.

Landfill use has declined due to reduced purchasing and discarding during the recession that began in 2008 and due to increased recycling, Stratton noted.

One of the county’s landfills, the Central Waste Landfill in Smith Township, closed in 2012, leaving two active landfills, Carbon Limestone in Poland, and the Mahoning Landfill in Springfield Township.

Mike Heher, Republic Services Carbon-Limestone Landfill manager, said Republic is building a new 7-acre wetland at the north dead end of Rapp Road in Springfield Township in accordance with federal law to replace wetlands that were displaced by the landfill.

No waste will be dumped in the Rapp Road wetland, he said.


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