Regional recycling hub endorsed here

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

From staff reports

Lewisburg councilmen last week unanimously endorsed establishing Marshall County as a regional recycling hub.

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is considering locations across the state to create recycling hubs than have economic as well as environmental advantages, officials said.

If a regional recycling center were established in Marshall County, it would almost assuredly result in the relocation of the recycling center behind the Hardison Office Annex, Mayor Barbara Woods indicated on Monday.

Where the prospective regional recycling hub might be located "has yet to be determined," Woods said. "It would need to move to a larger area."

Marshall County Solid Waste Director Morgan Thomas' operations at the Hardison Office Annex "has outgrown the current site."

Establishing a regional recycling hub was "suggested by Morgan Thomas," Woods said during the city council's April 10 meeting. Thomas "is requesting a grant," she said.

"It was suggested he have letters of support" for the grant application, the mayor said. The council's resolution "to work with Marshall County to improve recycling and support Marshal County becoming a regional recycling hub" provides Thomas with that kind of official support.

"I'd like to see that [hub established] because it would greatly increase our ability to handle recyclable materials," Woods said.

Establishing a regional recycling hub would foster opportunities with other governments and businesses "leverage resources, promote job creation through recycling, lower disposal costs through cost avoidance and generate revenue from the sale of commodities," according to the resolution.

The city council on April 10 also enacted two ordinances concerning false alarms. One is to control malfunctioning fire alarms. The other addresses burglar alarms. Both provide a progressive reaction by city officials when approaching property owners with such alarms. Property owners are given warnings and repeat offenders are asked to pay city costs as false alarms continue.