County considers dumping Osborn MetroPark recycling site

Erie County leaders might scrap yet another popular drop-off recycling center.
Andy Ouriel
Mar 18, 2012

Erie County leaders might scrap yet another popular drop-off recycling center.

Area officials cited two major reasons for their consideration to close the Osborn MetroPark recycling site by April 30.

The Osborn recycling center is located just off East Perkins Avenue near the Erie County Care Facility.

First, and primarily, the center absorbs a major chunk of the county's solid waste district funding.

Operating the Osborn Park site cost about $53,000 last year, 28 percent of the district's $189,000 annual budget.

Secondly, people continually dump prohibited items — such as toilets and large appliances — and litter the site.

The site is also getting heavier use by people using it to discard proper plastics and paper goods after county officials shut down the Columbus Avenue recycling site in Perkins Township a year ago.

County officials closed the Perkins Township center because operations totaled about $120,000 a year.

For more on the proposed closure pick up Sunday's Register.

 

 

 

Comments

donutshopguy

 Why is the county considering the ending of this site.  Money.

They will force people to use curbide recycling and charge a higher fee to generate money.

They will include the fee in your water and sewer bill so you have no option.  If you don't pay this bill the county can take your house for nonpayment.

Pay attention people.

booster

Other than dropping cardboard and plastic bottles off at Osborne Park, what are the other options Erie County residents have to see that these items do not end up in a landfill? 

 

FruGalSpender

"Secondly, people continually dump prohibited items — such as toilets and large appliances — and litter the site."   stupid people! these are the same stupid people who vote morons into office. people can't read signs.  morons!

THED0N

I will stop recycling and throw the stuff away!

Kenny V

 This is erie county's way of banking more money. How you ask? Well if it isn't going in to be recycled it will be going into the landfill. How will this boost erie county's bottom line you ask? Have you seen what they are charging per ton at the landfill.

Apparently some one isn't doing their homework here. last time I checked most items that are recyclable hold some value. cardboard and paper can be sold to recyclers. There are resorses to take glass, steel, aluminum, and paper. I am not sure on the plastics. 

They shut down the perkins township recycling center, which had surveillance for the major if not the whoe day. To keep one open that has zero surveillance at all. What do you think is going to happen?

This is sad, I was brought up to lessen your footprint on mother earth. Less waste in the landfill and more recycling. Make it a better place to live by recycling. my father recycles everything he can. Now your asking an elderly man to do more then he is physically and financially able to do?

Here is a great article on the subject. www.all-recycling-facts.com/recycling-benefits.html

They want more tax dollars to do less for the public. So they can all sit around collect their pay, benifits, and retire wealthy. While the man who's collar is blue busts his butt to make ends meet, raise a family, ruin his body to retire broken down, and struggling to make ends meet.

FruGalSpender

"I will stop recycling and throw the stuff away!"  i agree. we should all stop and throw it all out with the trash. why pay extra to recycle? show them that we the people are the boss, not the other way around.

DGMutley
Apparently some one isn't doing their homework here. last time I checked most items that are recyclable hold some value. cardboard and paper can be sold to recyclers. There are resorses to take glass, steel, aluminum, and paper. I am not sure on the plastics. <Kenny V   You're right.  Unfortunately the value of the recycled items isn't enough to pay for the hauling fees.  
donutshopguy

 Mutt,

What we have is another government intrusion into our personal lives.  Recycling should be done voluntarily not mandated by government. The next step is the government will eliminate well water and septic tanks on private property.

They need funding and control. Remember we are all to stupid to even pick out a light bulb.

eriemom

 Recycling keeps trash with some vaue out of the landfill--which is not free. We all pay to operate it and they do eventually fill up. I don't think that this ia a government intrusion--just pay your way. If you decide to throw everything into the dump, then don't complain when your tash pick up contractor charges you more, and your taxes go up to build another dump while monitoring the current one.

Either the private sector will make a profit on your trash, or the public sector will tax you to haul it away. Just because you don't want to pay for it, doesn't make it an intusion. This is not free and I should not have to pay your bill. If you really want to save money, make less trash. Buy only what you need, and of a quality that will hold up. 

dig this

   Another service cut by the County Commissioners. No new taxes, but fewer services!

srreader

They close this one and I am done recycling. I used the Columbus Ave one, then moved over to Osborn Park. The price of gas and the amount of time involved with this isn't worth it any more. Into the regular garbage it will all go...and off to the landfill, to have the plastics and aluminum cans sit for a million years. Yep, gonna be a money saver for everyone involved...said sarcastically!!!

 

FruGalSpender

i can compress a lot of glass and plastics into those 30 gallon bags. I will make a compost bin for the worms and microbobes to eat up the cardboard and paper waste plus garbage like barnes does. I will save the aluminum to take in once a year. the hell with them. i don't like government intrusion into my life. i find ways to make my refuse bills cheap. plus i get free compost for my garden.

SamAdams

There are at least two trash haulers in the area that will pick up recycling curbside for FREE. Why would you drive all the way to Osborn Park if you didn't need to? And why WOULDN'T you recycle when it saves landfill space and costs you NOTHING?

But maybe the most important question is why in he11 anybody would advocate making this yet another government mandate to FORCE people to do something, and at added expense to boot? You must be a liberal Democrat, donutshopguy! What's next? You're going to mandate what I can and cannot eat? Oh, wait, Michelle Obama is already doing that. Are you going to determine what healthcare I can and cannot receive? Oh, wait, her idiot husband (with a lot of help from various and sundry idiots in Congress) is determined that that's just what the feds will do starting in 2013 or thereabouts (unless the Supreme Court actually upholds the Constitution our politicans won't).

People, we are thisclose to having the government tell us where we can live, what we should do for a living, what kind of car we can drive (or if we're even permitted to own one), and worse. If you think that's an exaggeration, well, just remember that ten years ago you would have laughed me out of the place if I'd said somebody would decide that it would be against the law to include a toy in a Happy Meal or that it would be a felony punishable by up to ten years in prison if you say something or hold a sign that says something too close to certain politicians!

Land of the free? Not anymore. Home of the brave? Not so much, at least not if those of us who actually REMEMBER freedom won't stand up for it!

Mandatory recycling is just one more increment toward the totalitarian state we're rapidly approaching. And unless you consider life in the Soviet Union to be "the good old days," you might want to slam on the brakes before we take so many incremental steps it's irreversible!

tk

Come on people!  Are you serious?  You really think some older person is going to live in poverty and we are going to lose all kinds of freedom because they are considering closing a recycling site?

7001

keep voting for shitnigo or brady (one of the same) the worst is yet to come

FruGalSpender

Come on people! Are you serious? You really think some older person is going to live in poverty and we are going to lose all kinds of freedom because they are considering closing a recycling site? stalin likes tk.

FruGalSpender

allo tk. i like you. i make you minister of propaganda, i mean news. you good. i like you. i wave to you.

tk

FruGalSpender, You are being silly.  We are a strong country and I assure you we won't be done in by a bag of aluminum can or a bundle of newspapers.  I have never heard such a bunch of pessimistic people as are on here.  Always whinning that the sky is falling.

44846GWP

Take your plastic bags back to the store and put them in their recycle box. Give your news papers to a friend with a fire place, great fire starter. Many groups like the Humane Society will take your pop and beer cans to rasie money. You can also take your own cans in and get 50 cents a pound for them. Screw the city.

Darkhorse

Well, the commissioners said they were going to cut the budget without laying anyone off, so what did you expect would happent?  Keep your eye on the services being cut because the commissioners have to make it up somewhere. More and More services will be cut.  Election year is here and we do not want to lay off an union workers because those are their votes. 

donutshopguy

 Darkhorse,

Don't mind the cut in services. Just don't add another cost (tax) to my water and sewer bill for recycling.

FruGalSpender

hey sam adams, are you a trouble maker like me? a thorn in the side of the goverment elite like i am? we might think alike in many ways.

FruGalSpender

i am going to buy some clear plastic bags and put my aluminum pop cans and beer cans into them and put them out by the curb. somebody will steal them during the night. no cost to me to drive to get 50 cents a pound. plus some poor person can make a buck or two. free idea.

Seen it All

I don't live in town.  They already charge me $71 every 3 months to come out and pick up my garbage.  When I asked them about recycling, I was told that was not an option.  So, for those of us who do not live in town, and still would like to recycle, places like this make it a hellva lot easier for us. 

FruGalSpender

"FruGalSpender, You are being silly. We are a strong country and I assure you we won't be done in by a bag of aluminum can or a bundle of newspapers. I have never heard such a bunch of pessimistic people as are on here. Always whinning that the sky is falling." the german people said the same thing when hitler was in power during the 1930s. I have a old computer to sell to you. it is a pentium 1. i paid over $3000 for it. will sell to you cheap for only $1000. good deal to you tk.

FruGalSpender

germany bombed by allied bombers? not so. it is a landfill as pointed out by tk. don't be pessimistic. think positive. maybe it was termites or bad construction.

FruGalSpender

over $15,000,000,000,000 in debt is good? tk if you are $1,000,000 in debt, are you doing good? what a butt head.

The Big Dog's back

 I think frugal needs to live in Haiti where there are no taxes.

tk

FruGal, you are so concerned about losing your freedom, but you don't want to give anyone else the freedom to have an opinion of their own.  You think anyone who disagrees with you is stupid.  You don't have to explain WW11 to me.  I lived through it, my brother was in it.  I have lived through much worse economic times then we are having now.  I'm doing fine now.  And remember I'm on the side of those who want to help other people.  Those who need food, shelter and health care. 

wiredmama222

tk, welcome to the zoo.  You will find some on here that scream and yell during this election year that EVERYTHING posted on the SR has political overtones which are directly affected by three things:  Obama, the obliteration of the government as we know it and the liberals  Oh, and there are several sundry things as well, but those three things are the BIGGIES. 

I have had many a sleepless night worrying about them, let me tell you.  LOL.  This recycling thing is just as one poster said....a way to cut down on by the Erie county commissioners.  Most people scream and hollar about the expenses being overboard, but they do not want anything to go. Especially if they have to pay for it out of their own pockets. They want everything to remain AS IT IS, and nothing to be cut back. 

TO ALL

Most trash carriers offer recycling for a price.  If yours doesn't call around and see what others offer and how much it would cost to get them to pick up.  You may be surprised.  My garbage service is $63 per month, much less, Frugal.. than yours.  They offer recycling and I might go with that.

It only takes a few stupid people like the ones who left things they shouldn't to stop it for the rest of us. I don't blame the ECC for not wanting to pay anyone for picking up the big stuff.  Why should they? It is expensive.  Why do you suppose the idiots who left that stuff did it?  They were too lazy to take it to the dump themselves or simply didn't want to pay to take it there. 

My dad and I used to go to the dump once a month with stuff....no big deal.  We may start doing that again ourselves if necessary, or recycle.  Either way, we make the waste, its our responsibilty to get rid of it.

So stop complaining and take responsibility.  Geeze, no one is asking for anything so huge.   You're not being forced, folks, your being forewarned that something isn't going to be there. 

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