WARSAW — Electronic collection pricing increases and conference attendance topped the “new business” portion of this month’s Kosciusko County Solid Waste Management District board meeting.
The proposal is to increase the price for TV collection, which raised concerns as to whether this will deter residents from bringing in their old TVs for recycling, as opposed to throwing them away. TVs can pose a hazard if not disposed of properly.
The idea behind the proposal is to help cover the cost of having the TVs hauled away after they are collected. One board member noted he saw a U-Haul pull up to a donation box and unload TVs, as well as old furniture and appliances.
KC Recycle Depot Director Shelly Heckert and Educator Sarah Fruit requested permission to attend an upcoming, two-day solid waste educational conference in Muncie at a total cost of $773 plus mileage to and from. They also requested Household Hazardous Waste coordinator Jim Ault attend the second day of the event for HHW training.
Heckert told the board the trip is planned for in the budget each year. The board approved the trip.
In her monthly report, Heckert told the board June’s HHW pickup was so full the recycling depot hosted another one in July. Heckert also reported 190.32 tons of mixed recyclables collected in July alone.
Borden’s placed a recycling bin in Atwood for its town cleanup, which was well used. It is still there and Borden’s plans to pick it up soon.
Heckert and Fruit plan to participated in Warsaw Community Schools’ “Back to the Days of Kosciusko” event to talk about “household waste then and now.”
Fruit also gave her educator’s report and noted Washington STEM Coach David Burden asked her to be a part of a STEM program pertaining to recycling. Fruit is also working with teachers from Wawasee High School, Middle Schools and several homeschool groups on lesson plans and educational programs.