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Springfield trustees approve ReWorks draft plan

1/30/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

The Springfield Township Board of Trustees approved a draft Solid Waste Management Plan created by ReWorks, formerly the Summit-Akron Solid Waste Management Authority, at the Jan. 23 meeting after hearing about proposed changes for the organization.

According to ReWorks Executive Director Yolanda Walker, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requires the agency to submit a proposal for its plan on recycling, and this is due by next month. Walker said the plan must be approved by the communities it serves before the Ohio EPA can approve it, and Springfield trustees voted unanimously to support the plan.

Walker said the agency plans to increase education and efforts on recycling beginning this year, and there is no cost increase in the plan.

“We want to make Summit County a zero-waste community,” said Walker. “In 2012, the total tonnage of recyclables increased by 29 percent.”

The organization used $2.4 million generated by a $5 fee levied on each ton of solid waste generated in Summit County by haulers and landfills in Ohio to encourage and educate communities on recycling in 2012, according to Walker. Those efforts included $355,465 in Community Recycling Access grants provided to 23 communities, including $74,986 to Springfield, as well as funding recycling drop-off centers in New Franklin, Norton, Barberton and Mogadore; various document shredding events; the collection of household hazardous wastes and scrap tires to prevent them from ending up in landfills; and other activities.

Recycling efforts for small and midsize businesses, as well as churches and schools that meet certain size requirements, also are being expanded. These efforts will focus on food scrap recovery and composting and the collection of paper, bottles and cans. Free containers will be offered by ReWorks, she added.

“These programs divert tons from landfills and save trees,” she said. “We are really serious about saving trees and about diversion.”

In other business during the meeting, trustees approved:

  • a then and now payment of $14,500 to Environmental Design for survey work in December on a trail property;
  • a then and now payment of $3,286 to Ganley Ford for repairs to an ambulance; and
  • a payment of an amount not to exceed $1,286 to W.W. Williams for repairs to a generator.

The regular Feb. 13 meeting has been canceled. The next regular meeting will be Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall, 2459 Canfield Road.

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