OTTAWA — Putnam County is looking to move its recycling center to a building behind the existing building to make recycling truck traffic more efficient.
The location of the recycling bins for the community will remain unchanged on Second Street at the Ag Complex, just where the recycling is sorted and processed. Accepted items that will be recycled in the seven existing bins outside of the recycling center 24/7 include aluminum, tin cans, paper and cardboard.
Joe Hohlbein, Putnam County Recycling Center director, reviewed plan drawings during Thursday’s Putnam County Commissioners meeting. The process to move the recycling center has been going on for a year and a half, according to Hohlbein. The county is waiting on Silgan, who rents the facility, to send a contract for the building.
A sign has been made by Karl Meyer, recycling center employee, that will be posted near the recycling bins that identifies the following items that cannot be recycled. They include plastic bags, packaging, straps, household appliances and black plastic of any kind. Other items that are prohibited include styrofoam packaging and egg cartons, hard plastic toys, containers and tubs.
“Height is the main thing for the trucks to dump recyclable materials. The current building has been in existence since 2013 and the new building will allow us to back our recycling trucks in and save mileage with not having to go to the landfill to dump things,” Hohlbein said. There are two trucks and five employees.
In 2018, recycling collection totals at the center for the county include 143.620 tons of baled paper, loose paper, 112.870 tons, baled plastic, 116.5300 metals and aluminum, 39.7322 tons and glass, 171.4300.
“Recycling saves landfills, and we should reuse things if we can,” Hohlbein said.
Vincent Schroeder, commissioner, said the recycling process for the customer will be unchanged.
“We are making the process a lot more efficient. Currently when they fill up the recycle bins on the outside of the recycle building the plastic has to be taken out to the landfill to dump in in a bigger container,” Schroeder said. The recycle container is then required to be reloaded and brought back to the baler. With the new facility employees will be able to take the recycling bins and dump them into the recycling area where the bin is and use the baler in a building that has higher ceilings.
In other business, during Thursday’s meeting the commissioners reviewed a letter from the Veterans Service Board requesting a pay increase for board members per meeting. The commissioners requested the veterans service board members attend the commissioners meeting to discuss the issue.