Residents in Lawrence and Scioto County grew frustrated that a recycling program was temporarily terminated back in October, but this is soon to change.
Beginning on January 2nd, recycling containers will be made available once again to residents in Scioto and Lawrence County. This is a good thing, considering on average both counties recycle about 180 tons per month.
According to Dan Palmer, Director of the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District, the recycling programs in Lawrence and Scioto counties was temporarily but on hold back in October because Republic was unalbe to fulfill the terms of the contract.
Numerous weeks of negotiation ended with the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste District giving the bid to Rumpke.
A total of 8 locations were removed as recycling sites, but the new program will bring a total of 30 recycling sites back to residents; 18 of those sites will be in Scioto County, while the remaining 12 will be in Lawrence County.
Palmer says he’s glad to get the recycling program back at the start of the new year as his office, and both county courthouses, received several phone calls wanting the program to come back.
“I’m just glad to see more people getting on board with this, because I believe in this. I think it’s important, and I guarantee you, once you start recycling, you’re going to start to see your waste go down at home,” said Palmer. “When you separate out your plastic bottles, your metal cans, your junk mail, your magazines, [and] newspapers, it reduces the volume of your garbage immensely.”
Palmer says several county commissioners stated to him they didn’t realize how much people in Lawrence County and Scioto County recycled.
A list of recycling sites is below.
- Proctorville Food Fair
- Paul Porter Park
- Lawrence County Fairgrounds
- Proctorville Kroger
- Ohio University Southern
- Ironton City Center
- US Forestry (Wayne National Forest)
- Rome Trustees Building
- Lawrence County Educational Service Center
- South Point Food Fair
- Lawrence County Court
- Burlington-Fayette Fire Deparment
- Nile Trustee Building
- Wheelersburg Kroger
- Valley United Methodist in Portsmouth
- Village of New Boston
- Wheelersburg Chevron Gas & Mart
- SOMC Property in Portsmouth
- Senior Citizen Center in Franklin Furnace
- Wheelersburg Lowe’s
- Portsmouth Square
- Valley Township Fire Department
- Earl Thomas Conley Park
- Bloom-Vernon High School
- Scioto County Courthouse
- IGA Supermarket in Minford
- Barbour Auto Parts
- West Side IGA in West Porstmouth
- Super Quik in West Porstmouth
- Portsmouth City Hall