In effort to maximize
profitability with new
facility now available
FARMINGTON – The new recycling facility for the Marion County Solid Waste Authority will increase not only convenience, but also maximize profitability for the organization. With the new capabilities that allow the SWA to be self-sufficient, residents are encouraged not only to recycle, but to do so in the most effective way possible.
The facility, located on Helen’s Run Road, uses a process of source separating that will maximize profitability, all of which is cycled back into the SWA.
“Recyclables are separated by material,” executive director Bobbi Benson said. “This creates a more pristine product that gains more money.”
The most profitable of all recyclables at this point is corrugated cardboard, but as Benson points out, all cardboard is acceptable.
The facility will also accept and process number one and two plastics. These can be identified by the number within the triangle at the bottom of many products. Common recyclable plastics include soda and water bottles, sports drink bottles, and two liter bottles.
Newspaper, magazines and phone books will also be accepted.
Collection facilities are located throughout Marion County.
“The largest collections are done behind Wilson Ford in White Hall and at North Marion High School, which is open to the public,” Benson said.
Other locations include at the Paw Paw Fairgrounds in Rivesville, behind the municipal building parking lot in Kingmont, at the Novelis parking lot on Speedway, at the Family Dollar Store parking lot in Fairview, at the VFD in Worthington, and at the post office parking lot in Barrackville.
The SWA has also received a special permit that allows it to collect within city limits at the Mid-City Parking Lot in Fairmont and is attempting to receive a grant that will allow it to collect recyclables at Marion County schools.
“We are going to try and get a grant at the end of the month to try and get bins to recycle in schools,” Benson explained. “Money is a factor, and the bins to go in schools cost a lot of money.”
Currently, the SWA is not accepting glass recyclables due to safety concerns.
“It is hard to find someone who will accept glass because of danger factor. Workers could get cut or injured when sorting the glass and working with it,” Benson explained.
Residents living within city limits can still recycle glass, however, by disposing of it in their roadside bins. Republic Services does collect glass, as well as all plastics numbered one through seven.
So far, the program has been a success according to Benson.
“I want to thank the public and everyone for making the program work,” she said.
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