Gallia, Meigs entities promote recyling

By Lindsay Kriz -

OHIO VALLEY — The Meigs County Soil and Water Conservation District recently shared on their Facebook page the guidelines for proper recycling in the Ohio Valley area.

Meigs SWCD Wildlife Specialist Jim Freeman said that while the recycling efforts are no longer Meigs SWCD’s program, they still assist the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs-Vinton Solid Waste Management District spread the word on proper disposal of recyclables at centers in the four counties.

Cindy Saltsman, director and treasurer for the district, said the current recycling program began in 2014 and is considered single-stream recycling, meaning that residents don’t have to sort their own recyclable materials.

“It’s taken care of, and it’s much easier for residents to recycle now,” she said.

Saltsman said the district pays Rumpke for the bins and service, so there is no cost to those who recycle, which is another incentive.

According to the district, items that are OK to recycle include office papers and folders; newspapers, including any inserts, catalogs, magazines, cardboard that has been flattened/broken down; phone books; magazines; junk mail and envelopes.

Saltsman reminded residents to scratch out any private information on documents, including envelopes, plastic bottles and jugs with a mouth smaller than the base, glass bottles and jars of any color with removed caps/lids, aerosol cans with removed lids/caps, steel and tin cans, aluminum cans and carts for fruit juices and milk, with straws removed.

Items not accepted Saltsman said many people still drop off include plastic containers without a bottle neck, plastic bags, wrap, tubs, toys, buckets, metal hangers, wire, scrap, hazardous and flammable materials, plumbing, pots and pans, car parts, electronics, rope, string, clothing, dishware, ceramics, items made of wood, video tapes, car parts, cups and Styrofoam.

There are four locations in Meigs County for dropping off recycled items: the parking lot across from Eastern Local Schools, located at 5009 SR. 681 in Tuppers Plains; the Village of Syracuse office, located at 2449 Third Street; the fire department at 161 Main St. in Salem Center; the Village Garage at 628 Depot St. in Rutland; Chester Commons on Boyscout Road in Chester; the Columbia Township Fire Department, located at 29466 SR 143 in Albany; the intersection of SR 7 and Hiland Road in Pomeroy; and at 301 South Third St. in Racine.

The eight locations in Gallia County are the fire department at 109 Clay Street in Vinton; Gallipolis Township Senior Citizens at 1167 SR 160 in Gallipolis; Silver Bridge Plaza in Gallipolis; the Marathon Station at 3747 Jackson Pike in Rodney; the fire department at 46 East Lewis Ave. in Rio Grande; Guyan Township Trustee Building at 1000 Station Road in Mercerville; City Hall at 119 SR 554 in Cheshire; and Walnut Township Garage at 15733 SR 141 in Cadmus.

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By Lindsay Kriz

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