Recycling options for Winamac residents will be discussed during this morning’s Pulaski County Commissioners meeting. The town council recently decided to discontinue recycling pickup.Continue reading
The construction of the new Starke County Solid Waste Building is nearly done.Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners reviewed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Starke County Environmental Management District last week regarding the changes in the delivery of recycling services to residents in the county.
Winamac Town Council members chose to stick with their existing trash service provider when they met last Monday. However, they also decided to make a change to what services will be offered due to an issue with recycling contamination. Continue reading
Every day, people all over the world recycle plastic, paper, cardboard, aluminum cans, and glass. Not only can these items be repurposed for future use but the practice of recycling helps reduce our dependence on landfills.
However, if an item is wet or soiled with any kind of food, it cannot be recycled and it runs the risk of contaminating other items you hoped to recycle.
To help cut down on contaminants in local recyclables and to keep them from winding up in a landfill, Knox Mayor Dennis Estok has shared some vital information from Republic Services.
Representatives of the waste management company say to keep these three words in mind when recycling; empty, clean and dry. Continue reading
The Starke County Commissioners are considering the construction of a new building to house the Starke County Environmental Management Agency.
In a meeting between North Judson Clerk-Treasurer Andrew Rowe and Republic Services Municipal Account Executive Pete Callan, the two discussed a recent change to recycling procedures that is having a major impact locally and across the country. Continue reading
Recycling pick-up for the City of Knox will commence next week on Wednesday, January 10th. It will be carried out on Wednesdays every other week for the remainder of the year. During weeks where there is a holiday, the pick-up will be postponed one day.
People should place the recycling receptacle on the curb no later than 6 a.m. with the handle facing away from the road. Also be sure to have the bin more than 3 feet away from your mailbox, vehicles or other items. Once the collection has been completed, remove your bin by the end of the day. Continue reading
The City of Knox is looking to crack down on illegal dumping. The city council approved an ordinance Tuesday that bans people who live outside the city limits from bringing their trash into the city for collection. It also raises fines to $150 for the first offense and $500 for all subsequent violations.
The City of Knox is no longer offering drop-off recycling. Mayor Dennis Estok told the city council last night the Starke County Environmental Council pulled the two bins located at the corner of Shield and Mound Streets at his request last Friday. Continue reading
The Winamac Town Council plans to investigate their recycling and refuse options in the coming months.
During Monday’s meeting, council members discussed their current service provider – which is currently under a two year contract. A couple of council members pointed to concerns raised with them about the level of service but also about the way recycling is being managed.
The North Judson Town Council will consider changes to recycling pickup during tonight’s meeting. According to the advance agenda, the type of recycling bins used in North Judson will be up for discussion. During previous meetings, the town council has also discussed moving pickup to the streets, to reduce wear on the town’s alleys. Continue reading
Knox residents will soon have new curbside recycling receptacles. The city council this week agreed to switch from open 18-gallon totes to 65-gallon wheeled containers with lids. Continue reading
Pulaski County’s problems with plastic are much more limited than previously thought.
The County Commissioners clarified an issue Tuesday night involving plastic products sorted at the Pulaski County Recycling and Transfer Station. The County has experienced difficulty in recent weeks connecting one vendor with another in the plastics market due to the price of oil: currently near $30 per barrel.
The County’s Recycling and Transfer Station typically accepts plastic for recycling, the idea being that they eventually sell the plastic to vendors which use the bales as an alternative to newly produced plastic in their products.
The Starke County Environmental Management District has relocated the North Judson recycling site. The drop-off bin has been moved from a vacant lot on Lane Street to the corner of Sycamore and Railroad streets.
A lack of recycling could force the city of Knox to increase garbage fees. According to Knox Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston, the recycling rate was down five percent last year.
This decrease in recycling efforts could impact garbage fees because the less that residents recycle, more garbage is collected. The garbage pick-up days are Monday and Thursday, and Houston said there is usually a full truck on both days. If it gets to the point that a second truck has to be sent out to finish a route, that would lead to increased fees.
Knox residents are being urged to recycle as much as possible. At a meeting with the Knox City Council and a representative from Waste Management two months ago, it was stated that the company would like to get the recycling percentage up to 30%. More tonnage is going into the garbage which could be recycled and that is keeping up garbage costs.
“We got a monthly tonnage report for September and there was 121.10 tons of trash and 13.2 tons of recycling,” said City Clerk-Treasurer Jeff Houston. “In October, there was 118.40 tons of trash and 14.2 tons of recycling.”
Residents in Knox are being asked to do a better job of recycling. Kevin Boyce, of Waste Management, appeared before the Knox City Council this week to talk about a new five year contract. In the course of the presentation, Boyce talked about landfill tons collected, in comparison to recycle tons.
Boyce said he would like to see more people participating in recycling, hopefully getting the percentage of landfill waste to recycle items to around 30%.