Madison Township considers recycling options

By Linda Dillman
Staff Writer
The Madison Township trustees are adopting a wait and see approach before delving into a SWACO grant program for wheeled recycling containers for residential properties.

SWACO’s Communication and Programs Administrator Karen Seidel spoke during the trustees’ March 26 meeting and said 76 percent of what goes into the landfill is valuable, recyclable material.

“A huge part of the waste diversion program is recycling and carts are a best practice,” said Siedel.

Under the grant program, the township has the option to purchase carts valued currently at $61 for $5, which come with a 10 to 12 year body warranty. SWACO does the leg work in acquiring the carts and outreach prior to cart deployment.

According to Seidel, recycling carts are more efficient, safer for sanitation service, and offer more competitive bidding. Since 2018, eight communities have benefitted from SWACO cart grants including Gahanna, Brice, and Reynoldsburg.

Madison Township Administrator Susan Brobst said the township’s current trash hauling agreement ends on Dec. 31, 2025, but the township will need to make a decision on the carts prior to summer of 2025.

“We did a survey and there was a lot of support,” said Trustee Katherine Chipps.

Other Madison Township news
•The trustees approved a list of streets for participation in Franklin County’s 2024 bid resurfacing program. The list includes Benham Court, Loeffler Drive, Marlowa Drive, Wyncote Road, and speed tables at the intersections of Wingate and Trenton and Walburn and Trenton.

•A public health tire collection drive will be held on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Brobst Park. The event is held in conjunction with the township, Columbus, Groveport, Canal Winchester, Obetz, and Franklin and surrounding counties. A maximum of 10 rimless tires will be accepted per address. More information will be released closer to the event.

•A decision with on locking in a second year rate option for the township’s electric aggregation program will take place during the trustee’s April 23 meeting after a presentation by Trebel representative Erin Schmerschneider.

•During department reports and service presentations, Police Commander Vic Boyd was honored for his 20 years of service to the township. The trustees approved a mutual aid agreement with the Pickaway County Fire Chiefs’ Association and a firing range use agreement with the 121st Air Refueling Wing.

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