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For the week of July 31 - August 6, 2002


ERC requests county funds for recycling

Express Staff Writer

The Environmental Resource Center has requested between $25,000 and $30,000 from Blaine County for its fiscal 2003 budget to fund a community education program on recycling.

"We’ve got a recycling program up and running here," said ERC recycling program coordinator Craig Barry. "It’s just not running at peak efficiency."

The county will set a tentative budget on Monday. After that, the budget can only be reduced, not increased.

Barry said an increase in recycling would reduce the county’s costs at the Ohio Gulch Transfer Station.

Barry said the requested funds would be used to print brochures and conduct recycling audits at local businesses. He said many business owners are unaware of ways to reduce waste and to recycle more materials.

Barry also said there are public misconceptions about local recycling. For example, he said, many people think glass cannot be recycled. He said that although recycled glass is not made into new bottles and jars, it is used as a fill in the Ohio Gulch inert materials landfill. That reduces the need to mine gravel for the same purpose, and saves the county $19 per ton to haul the glass away. He said 446 tons were recycled last year.

"There’s a tremendous potential to increase the tonnages here," he said.



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