The remaining four locations that house the county’s shrinking recycling program will close on December 1 due to increased costs.
The remaining collection points are located in the towns of Columbus, Elk, Eldred, and Cherry Grove.
County officials ‘Costs continue to rise’ and that “There is no substitute for the current system.”
“This is not what we want to do, but we have to do it.” County Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said. “Until we have plans to create sustainable models in our region, we are only delaying the inevitable and wasting limited resources in the short term.”
The program has been on the decline for several years as several large municipalities, notably Pleasant and Glade, have stopped recycling due to rising costs and overuse of collection bins.
“The costs associated with recycling continue to rise and there is no substitute for the current system.” According to a county statement, “The recycling program is now mostly paid for by the county using the Granderville Landfill Closure Fund, with the remainder paid for by the local government.”
It is estimated that the closing fund will “If no new plans for sustainability are created, it will dry up in a few years.”
The county encourages residents to recycle at Pittsfield Waste Management relocation sites instead of these landfill sites. They say they can dispose of it for free.
closure buys time “We will use the remainder of the closing fund to develop a real plan for sustainable recycling in Warren County.” Depends on prefecture. “There is no firm date for the program’s reopening. The county will do its best to communicate with affected municipalities on how the situation develops.”