The Delaware, Knox, Marion, Morrow (DKMM) Solid Waste District will lose its largest recycling drop-off location today when its bins will be removed from Olentangy Liberty High School.
“This is our largest drop-off site across our four-county district,” said DKMM Director Jenna Hicks. “It’s our number one site and we really have nowhere else to go. That location serves Liberty Township, as well as Concord Township.”
According to statistics provided by DKMM, the Liberty drop-off recycled 866,007 pounds of trash in 2014. In comparison, the district’s 46 drop-offs in its four counties recycled a total of 7,139,171 pounds. The DKMM is charged with keeping waste out of landfills, and the drop-off program is one of the best ways to do that.
The school requested the removal of the dumpster-like bins, Hicks said, due to more students expected to attend Liberty in the fall.
“We don’t want to lose it, but we definitely understand where they’re coming from,” she said.
Those who use the Liberty drop-off are asked to use the drop-off at Wyandot Run Elementary, 2800 Carriage Road, Powell. In anticipation of more use, the bins will be emptied more regularly. Users are asked to recycle during the week to avoid weekend overflows; don’t leave recyclables outside the bins; don’t dump your trash at the bin — there are pictures on the front of the bins that show what can be recycled; and flatten cardboard boxes to leave more space in the bins.
In February, Liberty Township went to a curbside recycling program, assisted by DKMM.
“The easier it is, the more residents that will recycle,” Hicks said.
In addition, Concord Township is looking to go to a curbside recycling program. The township trustees are going out to bid, she said.
With the loss of the Liberty drop-off, as well as a site in Sunbury, the district is trying to find another location for the drop-offs. Finding a new site is hard, she said, because some property owners are concerned about trash being dumped there.
“I’m thinking it’ll be a six-month process, where we’re trying to figure out where we’ll go with this stuff,” Hicks said.
For more information, call the DKMM Solid Waste District at 740-393-4600.