By Liz Shepherd
WARSAW — Board members of the Kosciusko County Solid Waste Management District discussed concerns with clothing drop-off boxes at the county’s recycling sites.
During a meeting on May 25, Kosciusko County Recycling Depot Director Tom Ganser said there has been an issue with people breaking into the drop-off boxes. He noted that Syracuse and North Webster’s sites are of particular concern.
“They’ve probably put on locks on those doors a dozen times,” said Ganser. “But every one of them, they’ve cut right off.”
Aside from the boxes’ locks being cut, Ganser said those who break into the boxes throw the recycled clothes around the site’s parking lot.
Syracuse Police and North Webster Police Departments will both be monitoring the sites more often.
Ganser also noted issues with contamination at the sites, but said it’s important to continue offering clothing drop-off since the county collects about 38 tons of clothing a year.
“It says clearly on the sign ‘clothing and shoes,'” said Ganser. “But we get picture frames, everything you would see at a Goodwill drop-off site, like electronics and toys.”
The board’s next meeting is at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 22.