IRONTON - Residents of Lawrence and Scioto counties will be without operational recycling sites after the contract for recycling services with Republic Services is set to expire.
The Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District was in the process of cleaning up 38 recycling sites in the two counties (17 in Lawrence County and 21 in Scioto County) and Republic was removing 94 recycling containers in the two-county area, said Dan Palmer, executive director of the Solid Waste District.
The existing contract with Republic is to expire Wednesday, Oct. 31, and the company decided not to bid on recycling services starting Thursday, Nov. 1. Rumpke did submit a bid, but local officials are in the process of trying to negotiate a lower rate, said Lawrence County Commissioner DeAnna Holliday.
"It could be the first of the year before we're fully back in service," providing the district can agree on the cost of a new contract soon, Palmer said Tuesday.
Property owners in Lawrence and Scioto counties are paying $16 per year on their tax bills to pay for recycling services. The solid waste district accepted paper, aluminum cans, steel cans and plastic bottles at the sites in recent years.
Holliday announced the temporary cessation of recycling services during a Lawrence County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday.
"Rumpke was the only bidder," Holliday said. "We're negotiating with them. We haven't been able to reach a contract."
"We hope we can get this settled," Palmer said. "We're asking the public for patience."
County commissioners from Lawrence and Scioto counties are scheduled to meet at noon Nov. 13, Palmer said.
The board also was notified that a not-guilty verdict was returned against a complaint filed by an individual alleging a civil rights violation regarding inadequate medical care while she was housed in the Lawrence County Jail in Ironton.
After a two-day trial in mid-October in federal court, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the county.
In other action, the board proclaimed November as National Adoption Month in Lawrence County.