STEUBENVILLE - The JB Green Team is preparing to offer free curbside recycling in Steubenville and Martins Ferry next month.
JB Green Team Executive Director Cliff Meyer told the organization's board of trustees Monday night the curbside recycling in Steubenville's Buena Vista neighborhood and in Martins Ferry's 1st Ward and part of the 2nd Ward will determine community support for the program.
"We will also be looking at cost savings for the community, should the program be expanded and what is the optimal size for curbside recycling in the community," said Meyer.
The JB Green Team already offers recycling through bins located throughout Jefferson and Belmont counties.
And Meyer said the glass recycling efforts at bars soon will be expanded to include restaurants.
"The residents in Steubenville and Martins Ferry appear to be very interested in the curbside recycling program. But the mobile equipment we should use has been an interesting challenge. Both areas are restricted and because of the space limitations a side loader truck won't be used. After looking at the Buena Vista streets and the alleys in Martins Ferry, it makes sense to use a rear loader," Meyer noted.
"We will be giving each resident in the test area a recycling bin but we have to decide if we will use a 65-gallon or 95-gallon bin. We will also be looking for feedback from the residents. I would like to see a committee from Steubenville and Martins Ferry develop brochures explaining the curbside recycling for the residents in the test areas of Steubenville and Martins Ferry. And we are looking at segregating the glass. We may want to put a container for recycling glass in the test area," Meyer said.
But Steubenville Mayor and Acting City Manager Domenick Mucci expressed concern regarding the start date.
"We have a long ways to go before that Sept. 1 start date. We haven't had an outreach to the residents yet. I was hoping to do an outreach with the residents at Jim Wood Park. I'm concerned we don't have a concrete education plan already in place and a lack of communication with the residents," added Mucci.
Jefferson County Commissioner David Maple said he would like to get the program started, "and we can work the bugs out as we move forward."
Meyer also told the trustees he is nearing an agreement with law enforcement officials in Jefferson and Belmont counties for a litter and illegal dumping enforcement program.
"We have to determine the rules and parameters for a successful program. I talked to the sheriffs in Lawrence and Scioto counties where a litter enforcement program is already in place. They have a single deputy for both counties who reports directly to their authority. Sheriff Fred Abdalla is a proponent for using cameras," said Meyer.
In other business, Meyer said the Authority will charge $10 for each tube television taken to the Jeffco and Belco workshops.
"We are averaging about 22 tube televisions brought to our recycling centers every month. We will have to pay to recycle the older tube style televisions," Meyer explained.
Jefferson County Health Department Administrator Bruce Misselwitz reported the new Apex Sanitary Landfill odor complaint answering service received 164 complaints in July.
"More people are calling with complaints after the toll-free number was published in the Herald-Star. I also attended an eight-hour meeting on July 24 with the owners and operators of the Apex Landfill and officials from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency to discuss the landfill's odor control plan and expectations for the future," Misselwitz said.
"The landfill industry in Ohio wants a standardized method of reporting odors. The test plan calls for monitoring certain spots around a landfill for 90 minutes before moving to another spot," added Misselwitz.
He also announced a cleanup of an illegal dump site in Warren Township started Monday.
JB Green Team Fiscal Officer Dave Hays said the Apex Landfill received 116,439.62 tons of waste in June and paid the solid waste authority $166,975.56 for June tipping fees.
The trustees met in a 14-minute executive session to discuss late fee collections from the Apex Landfill and possible legal action.