County's Curbside Recycling Program Receives High Marks

Jeffersonville, Ind. - Almost three out of four Clark County, Ind., residents believe that solid waste officials are doing a good job and that the county's new curbside recycling program is a success, according to a survey.

One concern has been that some businesses and apartments are not included in the curbside program. In addition, some residents are concerned that the service is mandatory.

Only 6 percent of the respondents showed no interest in the program. This response level is consistent with the reported 95 percent rate of participation during the first four full months of the mandatory program.

"This survey gave the citizens of Clark County several opportunities to belt me one right between the eyes," said Jerry Fuller, director of the solid waste management district. "I was pleased to see that most people like the job we're doing, can see the benefits and would like to have the program extended to apartments."

The only real surprise was the relatively low interest in weekly pickup, Fuller said, since bi-weekly collection was one concern he often heard voiced anecdotally. "There are environmental benefits to weekly collection, but we're clearly going to have to offer an increased level of service to build support for it," said Fuller.

In May 1994, Clark County became the second county in Indiana to begin a mandatory curbside recycling program. Fangman-Stevens Research randomly selected 700 county residents to participate in the telephone survey. Browning-Ferris Industries, Houston, sponsored the study as part of their agreement with the waste management district to spend 5 percent of its total curbside contract on public information efforts.

Awards Wisconsin's annual Waste Reduction and Recycling Award has been presented to the Milwaukee Irish Fest for its recycling efforts. The Irish Fest was a partnership of the Steel Recycling Institute, Pittsburgh, and more than 30 Wisconsin businesses and organizations.

Norton Environmental, Independence, Ohio, has received an EDI Innovation Award for the company's design of the Medina County central processing facility located in northeast Ohio.

Contracts The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, Gurnee, Ill., has contracted with Resource Recycling Technologies Inc., Vestal, N.Y., to design, construct and operate an intermediate processing facility in Lake County.

Kirklees Metropolitan Council, Kirklees, U.K., has contracted with MGB Randalls in Kinsley, Pontefract, U.K., a division of T & D Industries PLC in Bradford, U.K., to receive wheeled bins from the container supplier.

Facility Expansion Otto Industries Inc., Charlotte, N.C., will expand its container manufacturing facility.

Loans Cycle-Masters in Sweetser, Ind., Cellulose Recycling Corp., Charlestown, Ind., and Resource Recycling Services Inc., Elkhart, Ind., have been awarded more than $1 million in loans from the Energy Policy Division of the Indiana Department of Commerce, Indianapolis.

Installations Wendt Corp., Tonawanda, N.Y., has installed an EddySort system to process non-ferrous metals at Davis Industries, Lorton, Va.

Lindemann Recycling Equipment Inc., Pineville, N.C., has installed a hydraulic scrap shear at Industrial Mechanical Co., which is a division of the CCC Group, San Antonio.

Mergers EnviroAssociates/ DDB Needham, Seattle, and The Hartman Group, Newport Beach, Calif., have merged to become the Strategic Environmental Management Group, Seattle.

SSB Environmental Inc., Albany, N.Y., will merge with Regent Petroleum Corp., Dallas.

The Parsons Corp., Pasadena, Calif., has merged its two environmental units, Parsons Environmental Services Inc. and Engineering Science Inc., to form a single subsidiary, Parsons Engineering Science Inc., Pasadena.

New Addresses Joyce Engineering Inc., Richmond, Va., has relocated its headquarters. The new address is: 4808 Radford Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230. (804) 355-4520. Fax: (804) 355-4282.

The Integrated Waste Services Association has relocated. The new address is 1401 H Street, N.W., Suite 220, Washington, D.C. 20005. (202) 467-6240. Fax: (202) 467-6225.

New Company EG&G Environmental Inc., Pittsburgh, provides environmental technologies and systems integration services.

New Division Geraghty & Miller Inc., Denver, has formed Geraghty & Miller Construction Services, Tampa, Fla.

Koeppel Tener Real Estate Services Inc., New York, has formed KTR Environmental Services Inc., New York, to provide real estate and environmental consulting and engineering services.

OSHA Designation The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Commission has designated the Hempstead, N.Y., waste-to-energy facility operated by American Ref-Fuel Co., Houston, a STAR facility. As a STAR site, the facility is removed from OSHA's routine scheduled inspection lists.