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An Update on an Ohio Countys Waste Mall Proposal

Back in February, news broke that officials from Medina County, Ohio’s three cities were toying with the idea of creating a “Medina Waste Mall” to serve as a one-stop shop for mixed-waste recycling.

The county has had a long and arduous process to figure out how to offer recycling services. That’s included the former operator of (Ohio) Medina County’s recycling facility accusing county officials of misleading the public into believing the facility processed less trash than it actually did.

This week, Optiva of Cleveland made a presentation and asked for a 30-year contract to operate the “waste mall.”

The Medina-Gazette has the details on the meeting, which happened on Wednesday.

That’s a lot of information we’ll be privy to in a short amount of time,” Medina Service Director Nino Piccoli said. “That’s a lot to digest. I would need input from (Medina City) Council.” Piccoli is one of four members of the MC-18 Work Group, along with Robert Patrick, Wadsworth service director; Colene Conley, York Township trustee; and Sarah Mathews, Rumpke Waste & Recycling Services, of Broadview Heights, a private solid waste industry representative.

Members of the Solid Waste Policy Committee include county Commissioner Adam Friedrick, chair; Paul Barnett, Brunswick service director; Jim Likley, Westfield Township trustee; Jeff Plumer, public representative; vice chair Thomas K. James of the Medina County Park District, a citizen representative; Dan Burlinghaus, MTD Products Inc., a solid waste generator member; and Colin Johnson, Medina County Health Department.

All the parties involved, Piccoli said, want to achieve the same goal. He said they want the convenience of curbside drop-off at the lowest cost possible with the highest rate of recycling.

Optiva President Ed Kwiecien has said all of the county’s trash and recycling would be brought to the waste mall, a for-profit endeavor, and 60 percent to 80 percent of it would be diverted from a landfill. Some of the recycled materials would be turned into products on-site, such as mailboxes, pellets and energy.

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