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Residents utilizing Community Recycling Center

January 27, 2011

Bekki Titchner, recycling/solid waste coordinator, is shown holding up a #1 plastic container that is not able to be recycled. She noted that items of this sort are commonly dropped off because they have a #1, but explained that the facility only accepts #1 bottles. Photo by Becky Polaski.

Bekki Titchner, county recycling/solid waste coordinator, gave fellow members of the Elk County Solid Waste Authority a status update on the Community Recycling Center's operations since its official opening in October 2010.
She informed the authority that the first check had been received for recyclables sent out from the Community Recycling Center.
The check, for the first 13 1/2 tons of various fiber materials, was for $385.
"It was a mix of corrugated and office paper and newsprint and magazines," Titchner said. "It averages about $28 or $29 a ton across the board for that stuff."
She also noted that none of the items sent out in the first load were weighed because the center's scale was not in place at the time.
"We've taken out three truckloads from the center. The first one we didn't have weights for any of [the bales of material] because we didn't have the scale yet and the other two we had partial weights because things got put in that building before we had the scale and we needed a place to store stuff," Titchner said.
Titchner also informed authority members that there is a lot of material coming through the doors at the center, and while most people are very courteous, there have been a few ongoing issues.
"The biggest problem we have are things like [unacceptable plastic containers] and we get them all the time," Titchner said while holding up an example for the group. "They are #1 plastic, but they're not a bottle and so we have to explain to people that we can only take bottles that are #1. We get lots and lots of this stuff and #7 containers that look like #1s or #2s. We can't take those either."
Titchner explained that the #1 containers are not acceptable because they are made a different way, as opposed to #1 bottles, and are considered a contaminant even though they say #1.
"It's hard for people to understand," Titchner said.
So far, the center has had less of a problem with unacceptable paper items being dropped off.
"Paper typically isn't too bad. Sometimes we get hardbound books and we have to tell people we can't take hardbound books unless they want to take the binding off of them and we'll take the inside sheets," Titchner said.

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