County will focus on recycling access

Efforts to improve recycling access throughout the county will be on the radar in 2018.

Commissioner Jeff Eggleston said most would acknowledge that “we’re not recycling as much as we could be.”

He said the goal moving into the year is to determine what isn’t being recycled and to make determinations on what should be recycled to “produce the best bang for our buck.”

Eggleston said officials would also be looking into “what funding sources can we find in order to avoid as much county liability as possible.”

He’s toured facilities in Elk County and Indiana County and worked at both the Elk facility and with the Tidioute recycling program in attempts to gather more information, noting that the Indiana County program is “completely self-sustaining” and includes recycling tires and electronics.

“We should be able to help,” Eggleston said of the county’s involvement. “We should be able to do something.”

One such proposal would utilize the county warehouse in Starbrick.

He said that officials have “taken a look at it a number of times” and that the goal would be to set it up and try “to tie it in with a recidivism program (and) use inmate labor.”

Eggleston added that one ideation of the plan would have people pull up to the warehouse and then have inmates unload the recyclables and process them.

“You drive off and that’s it,” he added.”

The virtue of using the Starbrick facility would be that it is “centrally located right on a main artery.

“If we can get three or four materials recycled we don’t currently recycle (it) would be very good, especially if we can die in the jail and make it a community service program. (It is) very doable to get it up and running.”

County Planner Dan Glotz said that the county has submitted a request for grant funding to do a more in-depth study into recycling options.

“We want to take a little deeper look at it.”