EATON —Recycling and the landfill were topics of a Wednesday, Aug. 13, meeting of the Preble County Commissioners.
Commissioners met with Preble County Sanitary Engineer Randy Gilbert and Preble County Solid Waste Management District Assistant Director Beth Wright, as well as Landfill Manager David Wilson.
Wright said during the recent Preble County Fair about 300 less people attended than last year. Three-quarters of a ton of recyclables were collected in recycle bins this year, compared to 1.2 tons last year.
“So recycling was still pretty good for that amount of attendance,” Wright said.
A tire amnesty event is coming up Saturday, Sept. 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. Registration for the event began Monday, Aug. 18. There will be a 10-tire limit for car tires.
Wright said she will be sending out letters to school teachers in Preble County reminding them she can do free recycling demonstrations to children in kindergarten to 12th grades.
Wright said they will also be picking up recyclables again at the Preble County Pork Festival, where 1.7 tons of recyclables were picked up last year.
Wright and Gilbert attended an Organization of Solid Waste Districts of Ohio new directors training and saw what other solid waste districts were doing during the last year and learned more about how to effectively complete reports, collect data and recycling and communicate with other solid waste districts.
Wright said she learned Lorain County has a recycling trailer which they lend out to the public and civic groups.
The trailer has tools in it, such as mowers, trimmers, plastic bags to pick up stuff, safety vests and safety glasses, so groups can do events such as road side clean ups.
“I thought that was a great idea,” Wright said.
Wilson said there is no more standing water in the landfill, which was cleaned up because of pumps being put in and started up. Wilson said it is the first time since he has been there that there hasn’t been standing water inside the landfill and said up until now it has been a nightmare getting the water out of the bottom of the landfill.
During the Wednesday meeting, the board also gave approval for Gilbert and Wright to travel to the Dayton Society of Professional Engineers meeting in Moraine, to tour a new recycling center.
The Commissioners meet at 9 a.m. every Monday and Wednesday at the Preble County Courthouse.