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 SWMN Report Says Knightstown Recycling Numbers Down in 2007

March 12, 2008 - According to a recently issued report, the amount of recycling collected in Knightstown was down nearly 15 percent in 2007.

Three Rivers Solid Waste Management District said in its 2007 annual report that its four recycling bins located in Knightstown collected 118.39 tons of recyclable material last year. In 2006, the four bins yielded 139.11 tons.

The decline in the volume of recycling that Three Rivers picks up in Knightstown was noted by Knightstown Town Council member Terry Guerin at the council's Feb. 20 meeting. While Knightstown still had the second highest output of Three Rivers' six recycling locations, Guerin said he thought the drop was significant and suggested that the main cause had been the relocation of the bins to a less convenient location.

In March 2006, the town had Three Rivers move the recycling bins from the parking lot behind Knightstown Town Hall to their new location near an electric substation on the west end of town. The relocation was prompted by construction of a new station for the Knightstown-Wayne Township Volunteer Fire Dept. at the bins former location.

Mel Matlock, Knightstown's works manager, told Guerin that he found it hard to believe that that the town's recycling numbers were down. Noting that the containers are often full, he said recycling might increase if the town had more recycling bins.

Former town council member David Glenn said he agreed with Matlock and thought the town's numbers would go back up if there were more recycling bins. Guerin said he would check with Three Rivers about the placing additional dumpsters at the location.

According to Three Rivers' annual reports, Knightstown's recycling increased 7.3 percent from 2004 (100.07 tons) to 2005 (107.35 tons), then jumped nearly 30 percent in 2006 (139.11 tons). In each of those four years, Knightstown's recycling output was Three Rivers' second highest behind the New Castle site.

In addition to Knightstown and New Castle, Three Rivers also has recycling drop-off sites in Middletown, Spiceland, Sulphur Springs and Mooreland. In 2007, Three Rivers six recycling sites collected 520.53 tons of glass, paper, cardboard, tin and steel food cans, aluminum and #1 and #2 plastic containers. Although this was a 4.6 percent drop from 2006, Three Rivers no longer had its Connersville site, which had accounted for 13.6 percent of 2006's 546.03 total tons collected.

The only other Three Rivers recycling site to see a reduction in 2007 was the one in Mooreland, which saw a 5.5 percent drop. The Spiceland site's output increased the most - 167 percent - going from 25.51 tons in 2006 to 68.05 tons last year.


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