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Green Team still taking glass

GOSHEN TWP. – The Mahoning County Green Team is still accepting glass for recycling.

Goshen Township Trustee Chairman Bob McCracken this week responded to concerns about recycling at township sites by ensuring residents they can still recycle glass and plastic bottle caps that are attached to the bottles. McCracken serves on the county’s Solid Waste District board.

McCracken responded to concerns voiced by resident Tom Rhodes, who questioned the county’s recycling program after he said he attempted to turn in a plastic item that he was told was too large to recycle. Rhodes said he learned that he could not recycle anything larger than a gallon jug and nothing as small as the bottle caps. He also questioned whether glass is still acceptable after the Carroll-Columbiana-Harrison County Solid Waste District recently announced it would no longer take glass items.

McCracken said the Mahoning County district is still using the glass to cover landfills. He said the district will likely continue to accept glass for at least the next few years.

McCracken also noted that the single stream system for recycling limits what can be accepted because items are separated on an automated conveyor belt with no one to sort the materials, meaning items that are not the appropriate size can be sifted into the wrong compartments.

In other business, the trustees approved a change in health insurance plan. The plan is still through Anthem Blue Cross, but will increase deductibles from $1,500 to $2,500 for singles and $3,000 to $5,000 for families with an 11.55 percent decease in premiums, a savings of $9,000 annually for the township. The other option for the trustees was remaining at the current deductibles with a 0 percent increase in premiums.

Also at the meeting, trustees approved a one-year contract with the Joint Communications District of the Council of Governments for dispatching services at no increase from the previous year.

Trustees and Road Foreman Matt Springer will meet with property owners in Damascus affected by drainage issues along French Street between Fourth Street and the brick alley at tentatively 8 a.m. today. Springer previously provided an estimate of $1,200 in materials for the project and the property owners have expressed a willingness to share the cost.

The next regular trustees meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 11 at the administration building.

khowell@salemnews.net

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