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Coshocton County’s trailer recycling program grows

| November 15, 2013

COSHOCTON – Coshocton County’s trailer recycling program is now accepting plastics number one through number seven at all of its recycling sites in Coshocton County.

Jeff Wherley, program manager for the county recycling and litter prevention office, said the new partnership his office has with Rumpke, Inc., has made this possible. Previously, the trailers could only accept plastics number one and number two.

“It’s technology that has made this possible,” Wherley said. “Plastics number one and number two are the most common plastics in the average household so that’s what most facilities will accept, but the others have value as well. It’s just keeping them sorted that presents a difficulty.”

Wherley said now all plastics are shipped to Rumpke’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Columbus where an electric eye can read the plastics as they go down a sorting line. The automation allows all plastics to be sorted for recycling, instead of the older method of hand-sorting each plastic.

Signs have been placed at each recycling trailer site with information about the plastics which can be accepted. New labeling on the trailers is also being put in place.

Wherley said there are still some plastics which can’t be processed for recycling at the MRF.

“We cannot accept any plastic film, including grocery bags, Styrofoam or hoses of any kind,” he said. “Basically, we accept any plastic container from a household.”

The trailers are located throughout Coshocton County in Bakersville, Plainfield, West Lafayette, Conesville, Warsaw, Nellie, West Carlisle, Tiverton and New Guilford. If you have any questions about the trailer recycling program, contact Wherley at the recycling and litter prevention office at 824-5533 or at [email protected].


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