The multicolored igloos where residents can drop off glass bottles for recycling are being discontinued by the Medina County Solid Waste District.
A news release from the county sanitary engineers office cited “cost prohibitive changes in the local recycling market for bottled glass.”
County Commissioner Steven Hambley said Envision Waste, operator of the county’s Central Processing Facility in Westfield Township, was informed by Cleveland Strategic Materials, the company that recycled the glass, it no longer was accepting intact glass bottles.
Hambley said Cleveland Strategic Materials did not cite a reason why it no longer would accept bottles.
“It is unfortunate, but we can’t force the company to take our glass,” he said.
Hambley said the next closest company that would take the glass is located in Dayton.
Sanitary Engineer Amy Lyon-Galvin said Cleveland Strategic Materials wanted the county to break the glass bottles down to 1½-inch pieces.
“We do not have any ability at our facility to meet that requirement,” Lyon-Galvin said.
County personnel are in the process of removing the igloos. Residents are advised to not place additional glass or other rubbish into the igloos or around the igloo sites.
The sanitary engineers office asks residents instead to place glass in their regular rubbish containers for disposal with other household waste.
The glass will be mechanically tumbled out of the waste stream for beneficial use in the Class I composting area at the Central Processing Facility.
Lyon-Galvin said there is still opportunity for some of the glass to be recycled as it breaks during processing.
The county’s contract with Cleveland-based Envision Waste expires at the end of the year and officials are preparing to seek bids to operate the Central Processing Facility.
Lyon-Galvin said language in the bid application for the new operator requires a proposal for how the county can deal with glass.
The bid deadline is Sept. 25 and the county has until Oct. 31 to award a bid.
The county’s $9 million Central Processing Facility was constructed in 1993 to comply with House Bill 592, passed in 1988, which covers solid waste management.
Reporter Katie Anderson contributed to this report.
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