Allen County Solid Waste District Knows How to Stay "Green"

Allen County Solid Waste District Knows How to Stay "Green"

There is a way for your family to save energy and natural resources, generate less pollution, conserve landfill space, all while creating jobs in our area.
There is a way for your family to save energy and natural resources, generate less pollution, conserve landfill space, all while creating jobs in our area.

WFFT's Tara Petitt visited the Allen County Solid Waste District and learned more about how Allen County residents can go green by recycling.

Director Tony Burrus, ACSW says "The Solid Waste District was created in 1991.  We're established by state stature to reduce the volume of material that goes into a landfill."

"We have many programs to address that curbside recycling.  We work with the hollers to ensure that the opportunity is there for the average citizen to recycle."

These programs include household, tire, composting collection, along with education to increase awareness in people ranging from school children to adults.  Burrus says although it's easier to recycle nowadays, many people don't realize that recycling isn't free.

With transportation costs, collection costs, and the value of service, many times the value of the materials doesn't pay for the cost to process the items.  Fortunately, Allen County has a way to counter these costs.

"Allen County Solid Waste District has subsidized the processing side of things so that the general public and business and industry doesn't have to pay the deficit that the processors have broken even."

Currently most apartment complexes around the Hoosier state, don't provide recycling bins to their residents.  To counter that, Solid Waste Districts are working with the State Legislature to find ways of encouraging recycling.

"Our mission, and we take our mission very seriously, is to provide the opportunity for people to reduce their volume going to the landfill, and recycling is one of those methods of doing it."

The Solid Waste District works hard to encourage everyone to recycle.  Through their curbside pickup and through city or community subscription.  If you don't have a community contract for recycling, there are 6 drop-off sites you can use throughout Allen County.


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