Pleasant Township considers buying more recycling carts

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By Hannah Poling
Staff Writer

The Pleasant Township trustees are looking to purchase more recycling carts due to new residents’ complaints that their homes do not have them.

This issue was discussed at Nov. 8 board of trustees meeting.

According to officials from the Pleasant Township road department, the township is down to only 9 or 10 of the recycle carts that they purchased in 2020 from the Solid Waste Authority of Central Ohio (SWACO).

Each household that takes regular trash collection through Local Waste received a 65-gallon roll-out recycle cart last year, which was purchased with grant funding from the township. The trustees had also purchased additional carts.

At one time, there were approximately 30 or 40 carts in storage. Township officials believe that when people move, they just think that the cart is theirs and take it. Chairwoman Nancy Hunter said she had also received a few calls from people who originally said they did not want a cart, but have changed their minds.

In addition, road department officials told the trustees that when a cart needs a new axel or tires, they have to pull parts from the cans in storage. They recommend the township purchase approximately 20 additional carts.

Hunter said the trustees would look into purchasing additional carts.

In other news, the Pleasant Township Fire Department received a $5,000 donation from a Mr. Cox with the Sherman Lodge in Harrisburg. The lodge has existed since the late 1800s, but was recently sold. Fire Chief David Whiting plans to use the donation to build a small training simulator on fire station property.

“We are going to put it to good use; build a little training simulator out back to train our guys and guys around. It will go a long way to get more training for the guys and make the community safer,” Whiting said.

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