County told recycling trailers burdensome
BY PAT FARNELLI
Wyoming County Press Examiner
Borough and township officials sought the help of Wyoming County Commissioners Tuesday for the burgeoning local collection of recyclables needing transport to the county recycling center in Tunkhannock.
Clinton Twp. supervisors Harry Colvin and Don Chamberlin said that with only two supervisors working for the township, “We have our work cut out for us,” and that the liquid fuels allotment is barely enough for the township without the added expense of hauling the recycling trailer to Tunkhannock.
Chamberlin recommended hiring a worker an hourly rate, three days per week.
Factoryville Borough Manager Mary Ellen Buckbee and councilman Tom Davis said that the recycling program has snowballed since it started up in Factoryville, and up until recently was a very good program.
“Everyone in Factoryville hires his or her own hauler for their garbage, but everyone in Factoryville recycles at our own trailer,” Buckbee said.
“We have had to install security cameras at our site because of all the people dumping garbage.”
Dawn Bell, Council President of Nicholson Borough, said that she added up the costs to local municipalities, and that since the county is reimbursed for recyclables, they decided to ask the county to help with the costs of hauling recyclables to the county recycling center.
Commissioner Judy Kraft Mead responded that the money from recyclables goes to operating the recycling center, with little or nothing to spare.
“Our guys at the recycling center work really hard,” she said.
Steve Swift, Factoryville’s sole employee, can only work half time for the borough because he also runs the borough sewer system. Swift said, “When this program first started, it was once a week, and it was a good thing. Now, it’s a monster. Lots of people dumping off garbage.”
Chamberlin said that he knows of a municipality that is making good money on its recycling center, by separating into bins.
Swift said that the trailer is fully loaded and ready to haul to Tunkhannock two to three times per week. During winter months, the plow needs to be removed from the truck to haul the trailer.
Mead asked what the visitors specifically needed from the commissioners, and Buckbee said that they were asking the county for help hauling the trailer back and forth. She said that the borough can handle the managing of the recyclables and cleaning of the trailer.
The commissioners promised to discuss the request, but no action was taken.
In other business, the supervisors are preparing the Act 13 natural gas funds usage report for the county’s impact fee. The funds were received in December, and the report will be filed by Apr. 15.
Two state officers of the Future Farmers of America stopped in to meet the commissioners, along with Charlene Shupp Espenshade of Lancaster Farming and auditor Judy Shupp.
State President Austin Albright and State Reporter Maris Wilson of the Pennsylvania FFA have been touring Bradford and Wyoming counties.
They noted that young farmers are concerned about the lack of nearby milk processing plants or creameries, and said that local dairy farms often have to forgo Pennsylvania premiums and ship milk out of state.
Albright said that he has to haul truckloads of beans to Harrisonburg, Va., for want of a Pennsylvania processor.