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Waste district finances not hit by coronavirus

WARREN — One thing COVID-19 hasn’t stopped is the never-ending flow of trash.

And that is a good thing for the Geauga-Trumbull Solid Waste Management District, which operates with funds collected when companies dump trash into landfills, known as tipping fees.

Although the district lost about $40,000 in the earlier months of the year, by the time July ended, the district brought in $278,000 more than the same period in 2019, even with the slight loss, director Jennifer Jones said at a meeting Wednesday of the district’s policy board.

The district has a cash balance of $5.656 million on hand, compared to $5.378 million last July, and a balance of $5.541 million in January, according to financial documents Jones provided.

Jones told the board the district is managing well with the staff cuts she made during the pandemic. She cut the positions of a planner, a foreman of operations and someone who was handling social media and events. Jones said she has been handling social media and event planning as director, and other staff members are handling the other responsibilities — like running the collection building.

Jones said there might be an occasion to hire others in the future, but for now operations are being handled. The former employees are receiving unemployment and continue to receive health care benefits.

Jones and Warren Township Trustee Ed Anthony, a member of the policy board, said a recent agreement with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership for litter cleanup throughout the district is going well, and said the nonprofit’s employees do a good job clearing waste and litter from recycling sites that have been abused for illegal dumping.

Jones also announced 17 communities have applied for a second round of funding through the new Go Green Community Grants. Offered for the first time this year, seven communities received funding so far, leaving about $30,000 of $50,000 the district’s board allocated for the program. Jones is convening a group of the policy board members to weigh the 17 applications, she said.

Jones said the policy board makes recommendations and provides oversight to the district’s governing board, which is made up of county commissioners from both counties.

She is collecting resumes for open positions on the board, including one seat for a Trumbull County resident. The board typically has 15 members, seven from each county and an extra member. In Trumbull County, the position reserved for a person in business or industry is available. The applicant should have a background, whether they are retired or involved in a different field now, in business or schools, working in hospitals or manufacturing; there is a lot of leeway in the type of business background the applicants can have, Jones said.

The district’s collection facility in Trumbull County, 5138 Enterprise Blvd., Warren, is open 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays for electronics and appliances only, on Wednesdays for household hazardous waste and electronics and appliances, and on Fridays for electronics and appliances only.

Because a shredding day held earlier this year was so successful, a second one is being held at the Warren facility 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 19, with a limit of four boxes or bags per vehicle.

More information about the district and what items can be accepted at the collection facility and at standalone recycling dropoff points, can be found at visit hwww.startrecycling.com.

rfox@tribtoday.com

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