May 20, 2017 - Pickaway County
June 17, 2017 - Ross County
August 5 & 19th 2017 - Highland County
August 5, 2017 - Fayette County (Electronics event combined with Highland County)
Recycling takes priority in Pickaway and surrounding counties
By Amanda Plotts Staff Reporter
Since becoming headquartered in Pickaway County last year, the Ross, Pickaway, Highland, Fayette (RPHF) Joint Solid Waste Management District has been making strides to increase recycling throughout the four counties it serves.
The RPHF Solid Waste District was established in 1989 and manages disposal and recycling for nearly 200,000 residents. Recently, the district held a tire collection and electronics recycling day in Pickaway County, collecting a total of 1,532 tires and 3.5 tons of electronics.
“These events are part of what our solid waste district does,” said Tom Davis, district coordinator. “Usually, these are designed for residents in the county, primarily for cost purposes, but we are trying to promote district wide.”
One of the district’s new initiative was to create a paper recycling program in Pickaway County that Erica Tucker, RPHF Solid Waste District assistant, said is still a work in progress. She said the district recently partnered with the Board of Developmental Disabilities to hire an employee to empty the bins.
“She’s implemented a lot of good things since we’ve started,” Davis said of Tucker. “The county didn’t have an office recycling paper program in place. She started that and it’s a wonderful program.”
According to Tucker, the district’s primary funding comes from generation fees: county residents pay for trash service, companies takes the trash to a landfill, and the landfill pays $3 per ton of trash received.
Davis said the district collects $600,000 a year to help run programs such as scrap collection, recycling sites, and outreach work with schools and businesses.
“Our largest expense is maintaining bins,” Davis said. “We contract with Rumpke recycling to service those containers and we pay them about $175,000 a year to do that.”
Davis estimated that the district spends $15,000 a year cleaning up after improper recyclables and trash that are left at the sites, despite signs advising against the junk. An adopt-a-site program may soon be in the works so volunteers can help maintain the sites and keep them clean.
Tucker said she’d like to see more people take recycling seriously.
“Keep talking to the younger ones about recycling and strive for a better community,” she said.
For a complete list of recycling drop off locations and recycling services offered, visit www.rphfsolidwastedistrict.com.
Courtesy of: The Circleville Herald
Feb. 18, 2016 - Residents in Ross, Pickaway, Highland and Fayette counties recycled more than 7.8 million pounds in 2015, approximately 1 million pounds more than their 2014 annual record.
April 23, 2016 - Pickaway County
May 14, 2016 - Highland County
June 18, 2016 - Ross County
August 2016 - Fayette County
September 12-16, 2016 - Fayette County
The Ross Pickaway Highland Fayette Joint Solid Waste Management District 2015 annual financial report has been completed within the parameters of Ohio law via the Auditor of State’s (AOS) Hinkle System. Please click the link below to view the report.