Bruce F. Griffin

COPLEY: Township recycling services expanded Friday with the opening of a new 24-hour drop off recycling center.


Paid for by a Summit County Solid Waste Management Authority grant, the 1280 Sunset Drive site off Copley Road will be open to both residents and businesses.


The brainchild of township Service Director Mark Mitchell, the Copley Township Recycle Center consists of four containers, each for different materials such as aluminum and steel cans, glass, paper and cardboard. Township residents can still place recyclables curbside with weekly trash collection. The recycling collection center won't take trash.


Mitchell said the idea behind the center is to divert more recyclables for reuse instead of ending up in a landfill.


Four collection containers sit atop a fenced 35 foot by 35 foot cement slab between the Copley Police Department, from where a camera monitors the site, and the Copley Community Center. Mitchell put the cost at approximately $18,000, covered by the solid waste authority grant


"I was just very pleased with the help we've gotten from the solid waste authority," said township Trustee Dale Panovich.


Summit County Solid Waste Management Authority Executive Director Yolanda Walker was on hand for the opening.


"One of the things I'm happy about is working with communities like Copley," Walker said. The authority promotes recycling projects in Summit County. One of the authority's biggest promotions is the community grant program, she said.


Under a sunny morning sky shortly after 10 a.m., Julia Humphrys, 9, and her brother Nicholas, 7, along with Panovich, cut a ribbon to open the facility. The two youngsters are the grandchildren of Copley Trustee Helen Humphrys who also was on hand for the opening.


Copley resident John Dawson, retired from Goodyear, happened to be bringing a small bag of soda cans for recycling at just the right time. "What a great time to be here," he said.


A sheet available to residents in a box on one side of the recycling facility explains that "all proceeds" from aluminum cans will be donated to "the Akron Children's Hospital Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Program."


Among items that will not be accepted are Styrofoam packaging of any kind, hazardous household materials or trash, light bulbs or electronic appliances.


Mitchell said the recycled material will likely be collected monthly and trucked to a county recycling facility adjacent to the Akron Air Dock.