By SARAH BROWN
CNA staff reporter
As of Monday, Prairie Solid Waste will assume recycling program services for Creston residents.
“I don’t think people are really going to see a change in service,” said Union County Board of Supervisor Chairman Ron Riley. “Prairie Solid Waste will be using the same facility that is being used currently (City Carton facility, 1451 Highway 34) and the only difference is Prairie Sold Waste will be taking over.”
Riley said Prairie Solid Waste, government run agency under the juristriction of a 28E agreement, is taking on recycling services because City Carton did not renew its contract with the city.
However, City Carton Manager Greg Eshleman said it was Waste Management, which owns the facility, who did not want to renew the contract.
“They want to charge whatever they want,” said Eschleman. “There’s no cap. A monopoly, just like the city garbage.”
Waste Management District Manager Doug Tucker said company administrators were planning on utilizing the facility on Highway 34 for their own material and recycling.
“But, now we are just trying to work with them (Prairie Solid Waste) on a contract,” he said.
“Waste Management decided they were not going to lease that building out to City Carton anymore,” said Prairie Solid Waste Agency Manger Amy Schultes.
Schultes said “the Union County Board of Supervisors did not feel it was in the best interest of the community” to have Waste Management provide the recycling services.
By taking on the recycling program, Prairie Solid Waste Agency, which oversees waste disposal in Creston, has the ability to meet the state’s mandated landfill waste reduction goals, which were established in 1988 and have not yet been met.
The current drop-off recycling program will have no interuptions in service during this transition.
In a press release, Prairie Solid Waste Agency thanked area residents for their efforts and commitment to participating in recycling programs, which is important in allowing materials to be made into new products instead of being disposed of at the landfill.
The public is encouraged to attend a public hearing to discuss the drop-off recycling program, which is scheduled 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Prairie Solid Waste Agency office, 1774 Lark Ave.
Questions concerning recycling services or the scheduled public hearing may be directed to Schultes at Prairie Solid Waste Agency at (641) 347-5022 or (800) 282-8787.