Goshen Twp. hit by major recycling cuts

GOSHEN TWP.- The recycling department is facing significant cuts in funding for 2014, including the loss of a site.

Trustee Chair Bob McCracken reported at the regular trustees meeting Monday night that funding for the department could be cut up to 52 percent and the Colonial Villa recycling site closed due to a $500,000 deficit in the Mahoning County Green Team budget next year. The township will also receive $500 for an electronic drive (previously $900) and $500 for an appliance drive (previously $2,000), as well as no tire drive, of which the Green Team will hold only three in the county next year.

The projected cuts are hopefully only for one year, McCracken said.

McCracken said he was told seven sites will be closed across the county and that the township has been selected since it is the only small one with three sites. The Colonial Villa site collected 75,000 pounds in 2012 and trustees expressed concern that the Seacrist Road site will not be able to handle the extra load.

The Green Team will meet in October to solidify exact amounts in cuts before presenting them to the county commissioners, McCracken said.

Customer Appreciation: The recycling department will host a Customer Appreciation Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the recycling center, 12649 Seacrist Road. A scrap tire drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and electronic drive from 9 a.m. to noon. There will be free refreshments.

Car tires will cost 50 cents each for up to 50 and $1.50 for each one over, with an additional 50 cent fee for those on rims; truck tires $7 each, with an additional $2 for those on rims; and tractor tires $15 each, with an additional $5 for those on rims. Computer monitors will cost $5, televisions $1 per inch diagonally and free for most other electronics.

For information call the department at 330-205-4204.