WARSAW — Projects continue to move forward at the KC Recycling Depot as Director Tom Ganser looks to improve the facility to his standard. Over the last few weeks, employees at the Depot have been scrubbing, painting and organizing in an effort to tidy up the facility.
Ganser will be meeting with a programmer from Kul Solutions, Fort Wayne, this week to discuss the status of getting a new access database. The board gave Ganser the go-ahead last meeting to seek information and get a program fashioned to the Depot’s needs. The database will streamline the customer experience and make record-keeping easier.
Ganser also announced that he has partnered with a new clothes recycling company, Recycle for Missions, admitting upfront that the company is for profit. The clothing goes to various locations and supports missionaries overseas, including Africa and South America. The company supports local thrift stores within the U.S. depending on the market, which can be unstable.
The board continues to look for ways to dissuade residents from illegally dumping waste at inappropriate disposal sites. Several board members talked about incidents they have had with neighbors or while passing by waste bins. Mayor Joe Thallemer gave a brief account from someone who stated they had a knife pulled on them when they attempted to stop someone from dumping a television.
“People don’t appreciate being told what to do,” remarked Rick Swaim.
The Depot accepts most electronics, hazardous wastes and fluorescent bulbs. Go online for more information or call the Depot at (574) 372-3087.
The KC Recycling Depot’s 2018 budget was approved at the county council meeting that took place on Thursday, Sept. 14. The Depot is scheduled to receive slightly over $5,000 for the Solid Waste District, with the lowest tax rate that could possibly be had.
In other business
- The board approved $24,032.57 in claims. This leaves $1.3 million available. Treasurer Michelle Puckett believes the Depot can function for four to five years before touching its investments.
- The salary ordinance previously discussed at prior meetings was approved.
- Ganser has completed his 24-hour hazwoper training.
- Educator Sarah Baker is looking to partner with local school systems to develop an online recycling class that will be accessible to homeschoolers.