District seeks to ‘catch’ recyclers

By Lorna Hart - [email protected]

OHIO VALLEY — Residents in the Gallia-Jackson-Meigs-Vinton Joint Solid Waste Management District may find themselves “caught” recycling at a single stream drop-off sites in 2015.

These recyclers have a chance to win a gift card on site from Subway, Walmart or other local merchants if they are spotted by a district representative.

The single-stream recycling program began in January 2014 and has recycled nearly 2.5 million pounds in the first year of operation. Since GJMV’s move to single-stream recycling, efforts have increased by 11 percent over the past year According to Director Terri Marchi, the percentage increase was arrived at by comparing January-June 2014 numbers to January-June 2015 figures.

With single-stream recycling, approved recycling materials may be placed into a single container rather than the previous method in which items had to be sorted before going into the receptacles. Advanced equipment and technology are used to sort the items by type at a recycling facilities.

This convenient method of recycling has been credited with the increase in collected materials, and according to Marchi, the response from the public has been extremely positive.

“We increased the number of sites and containers from our initial offering,” Marchi said. “GJMV is trying to make recycling as easy and convenient as possible for residents.”

The program is funded by GJMV, which has partnered with Rumpke, a trash removal and disposal company. Currently, there are 28 sites and 49 containers throughout the four counties being served.

GJMV has worked with commissioners in all four counties and provided each township in the county with information to pass on to residents in their continued efforts to communicate their recycling efforts.

The program accepts plastic bottles and jugs, glass bottles and jars, cartons, metal cans, paper and cardboard. Materials accepted include: metal cans, cardboard, paper and paper products, cartons, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles numbered 1-7. Beverage bottles, milk jugs, shampoo bottles, and laundry detergent bottles. Materials accepted in the program include: metal cans, cardboard, paper and paper products, cartons, glass bottles and jars, and plastic bottles numbered 1-7. Plastic beverage, milk, shampoo and laundry detergent bottles and jugs that have a larger base and neck than mouth are also accepted.

In the district’s program, there are types of plastics that are not accepted for recycling, and those include children’s toys, outdoor furniture and water piping. Ceramic items, window glass, metal hangers, electronics and car parts are also not accepted at the single-stream facilities. When these items are put into the bins, they must be sorted upon delivery to the recycling plants and disposed of at that time. This costs the district time and money that could have been used for materials that can be recycled.

Recyclers are encouraged to flatten cardboard boxes and empty materials from garbage bags before placing them in bins. Flattened boxes take up less space in containers than empty unflattened ones.

According to Marchi, plastic bags clog the technology at recycling plants.

“Plastic bags hamper our efforts at recycling by breaking expensive equipment at recycling facilities,” Machi said. “We would like everyone to be aware of this when they recycle.”

There are also locally owned recycling facilities for metal, such as Manley’s Recycling in Middleport, a family owned business that pays for recyclable metals.

For more information on the GJMV Solid Waste District’s recycling program, visit www.gjmvrecycle.com or call 1-800-544-1853.

Lorna Hart can be reached at 740-992-2155 EXT. 2551

By Lorna Hart

[email protected]