Alison Stewart correspondent

BARBERTON: Summit County Reworks Executive Director Yolanda Walker Monday presented the 2014 solid waste management plan to Barberton City Council. 

The organization has worked with the city and surrounding communities since 1989. Every five years, the organization revises its waste management plans to better serve those communities. Council received the proposal to maintain the level of services on Nov. 17 and must approve or reject it by Feb. 12.

“There are some main components involved in this plan that we have been doing and will continue to do for our local communities,” said Walker. “We will continue to provide financial support to communities in the form of grants.”

Barberton has received more than $222,000 in grants from Summit Reworks since 2005.

“We want to support our communities in Summit County,” Walker said.

Reworks also plans on expanding its commercial recycling programs. Walker said it has mostly focused on serving the residential community in the past, but now wants to expand its commercial services.

Reworks currently provide recycling containers, services and collections to participating businesses at no charge.

Barberton businesses that participate in this program include Barberton High School, Summa Health Systems-Barberton Hospital, Barberton Elementary East, B&W Research Center, Brookdale Senior Living, Buckeye Abrasive, Inc., CRS Metalworx, Inc., Doyle Systems, The Barberton Herald, and Papa Roni’s Pizza.

A part of the proposal is three programs that Summit County Reworks plans to continue offering to residents and local businesses.

The first program, established in 2004, involves recycling paper at seven locations. Forty-seven tons of paper has been recycled during that period.

Reworks has also offered programs to recycle bottles, cans and plastic along with food scraps since 2010. There are three locations around the county used to process the cans and 18 tons of food has been composted at the one location.

Another program the organization wants to continue is a document-shredding event. Since 2006, more than 900 households have participated in the events and 85,000 trees have been saved. 

“Our focus is to divert certain materials from landfills in order to extend the life of our landfills,” said Walker.