Warren County is recycling 16 percent of its garbage.
That was the figure presented by Sanitation Department director Steve Hillis during a county Health and Welfare Committee meeting.
According to the 2016 year-end totals, the department collected 9,103 tons of waste and 1,433 tons were recycled, meaning 16 percent of the waste collected by the department in 2016 was recycled.
In December, the department recycled 77 tons of waste and received $4,326. The county paid to have 28 tons recycled, and 671 tons went to a landfill.
“That’s 14 percent of the waste collected by the department being recycled for the month of December,” said Hillis.
Included in the monthly report for December:
• Southern Central Services accepted 671 tons – 110 loads – at a cost to the county of $28,525;
• Recycled newsprint was 9 tons. The county received $231 for the two loads;
• Recycled cardboard was 38 tons. The county received $1,146 for the nine loads;
• Southern Central Iron and Metal took 24 tons of metal with the county receiving $1,928 for the 13 loads, and 1 ton of aluminum cans with the county receiving $945 for four loads;
• The county received 10 used batteries and collected $75 for recycling those;
• Collected were 2,639 passenger tires and 70 truck tires;
• Received were 4.5 tons of used oil; 2.5 tons of electronics, and 2 tons of plastic.
“Metal went up to $4,” said Hillis. “I think it’s up to $5 this month so it’s going up.”