Recycling center deal proposed

Clyde company seeks to take over Sandusky's operation
Andy Ouriel
Feb 17, 2014

 

Sandusky taxpayers could soon stop throwing money away on a costly, yet popular, operation.

City officials and Clydebased FSI Disposal president Duke Fultz negotiated a preliminary five-year deal, calling for his company to oversee recycling operations at First Street near Cedar Point and Marquette Street by Lions Park.

The proposal calls for leaving both centers open while scrapping all public responsibility to fund them.

Fultz vowed to fund the pair of recycling centers along with cleaning and emptying each bin at least once a week.

He asked city commissioners to cover a one-time expense of about $25,000 to purchase a dozen bins, six at each site.   Fultz, who provides a similar service for Margaretta Township, said he won’t ask the city for any more money. Rather, he wants his volume-driven company to process as many products from recycling as possible so he can increase his profits.

“I want the material, and as long as you can put the equipment in, I can justify coming in and grabbing it at your existing sites,” Fultz told commissioners.

Scrapping expenses

Since January, when three new commissioners entered office, officials have tirelessly searched for ways to save costs in dealing with an ongoing budget crisis.

A $1.1 million shortfall threatens to severely reduce public services. By late March, officials must balance the city’s $16.3 million everyday operating 2014 budget, which includes at least four layoffs in the fire department.

Among the cost-cutting measures: city officials ridding themselves of spending more money on recycling. City taxpayers have collectively fronted about $131,000 in 2012 and 2013 to fund both recycling centers.

Projections this year call for city residents to spend at least $65,000 on the bins. Officials considered removing the recycling bins altogether, but state law requires public entities to provide ample opportunities for people to recycle. The recycling center satisfies this requirement.

About a month ago, city officials asked several haulers at a public meeting to submit bid proposals in hopes one of them could supervise the recycling centers and make them a break-even venture for Sandusky.

To public knowledge, only FSI Disposal representatives submitted an offer.

And the company’s proposal greatly benefits Sandusky.

“As part-time legislators, we don’t have a clue how to solve our recycling problems,” commissioner Dick Brady said. “Who doesn’t think this is a great deal? One person stepped up to the plate and offered a solution. This is worth listening to and certainly worth taking action”

It’s not known when commissioners could ink an official deal with FSI Disposal.

After a contract is signed, Fultz said it would take about a month for the new bins to come in. After then, he would begin servicing both centers.

Comments

Licorice Schtick

Need. More. Sites.

Or, a serious curbside recycling program. What we have now is a joke. Neither the City nor the county is serious about recycling; they're just trying to do the minimum to make the Feds happy.

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JD

I have a novel concept for you pay someone to pick it up at the curb for you if you dont want to haul it to the bins. Almost every hauling company has the service. Just a thought.

Licorice Schtick

That's not a novel concept, Dullard, that's the problem. Requiring extra payment does not encourage recycling, and should not be permitted.

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JD

Oh I get it it should be free!

DGMutley

The sites are pretty far apart. The deal sounds good if FSI pulls the containers when they are full rather than once a week. Once a week ends up being a constant mess which brings up who is responsible for keeping the sites clean?

Factitious

Pulling the containers when they're full is common sense. And that's the problem. It's impossible to do it at the precise moment when they're full, so if that's the plan, they will frequently overflow. A proper operational plan will call for emptying them BEFORE they're full.

Common sense is overrated.

DGMutley

Good point.

There should be 2 containers for each class of recyclables. Probably not profitable to pull partially empty.

They did have 2 containers for each class at the county's site and it was still a mess because the hauler wouldn't maintain his schedule. It was actually unbelievable because here we had a hauler getting paid to haul free recyclables that he was selling on the market and he still wouldn't even keep the site clean. The county had to pay a full time person to keep the site clean.

It was even more unbelievable because the site took in more recyclables than any site in the state. The bottom line is that it illustrates how really unprofitable recycling is. I'm sure that I'm going to hear from our recycling engineer telling me how wrong I am.

If there is so much money in recycling then why hasn't private enterprise stepped up and leased the county's Columbus Ave site and gone into business. What more could a recycling company ask--the public bringing it to you free.

YoMamma

Allied waste will discount your garbage pickup if you sign up for recycling! They supply a big blue tote for you to put it in. No sorting either!

Nor'easter

Thank you Duke Fultz and FSI for being proactive to solve this problem and keep the service for the residents. This meets the needs of the food pantries, property owners and keeps the control local. GREAT SOLUTION!

noagenda

Better watch out if FSI takes on this task. It looks good at the beginning, but they will nail you later. Been there done that with them. Just switched to Allied, we'll see how they do.

Ralph J.

"Officials considered removing the recycling bins altogether, but state law requires public entities to provide ample opportunities for people to recycle. The recycling center satisfies this requirement." Can anybody provide the state law that requires public entities to provide opportunities to recycle? If this was true, how could the EC Commissioners make Perkins township trustees remove the bins at the county complex? If I recall correctly, it was the county that put the recycle bins in a few years ago and somehow, it became the township's problem when the county threatened the township with monthly fines of $10,000.

DGMutley

Google orc recycling

Ralph J.

Double post.

Darkhorse

It seems no one can produce the state law document that requires us to recycle. Nothing written so far can be produced and no one has it readily available. Only a verbal demanding mandate. Until people can see the law in writing, the city should not move on it.

Factitious

Clue. Less.

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JD

ORC 3734.53a