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New transfer station to cut waste district costs

COLUMBIANA COUNTY

LISBON — The company that takes Columbiana County’s recyclable materials is setting up a transfer station in West Point on property recently purchased from the Rosebud Mining Co.

Rosebud sold 926 acres with buildings to West Point Renewables LLC for $1.2 million. West Point Renewables was formed by Youngstown-based Ohio Valley Waste Service, the company that provides recycling disposal services for the solid waste district (SWD) that serves Columbiana, Carroll and Harrison counties.

The SWD’s voluntary recycling program consist of 79 dumpsters where the material can be dropped off, 33 of which are located in Columbiana County. The recyclables are then transported by truck to Ohio Valley’s transfer station in Girard, where they are separated before being taken to the company’s processing facility in Pennsylvania.

Edward R. Vogel is vice president of Vogel Holding Inc., Ohio Valley’s parent company. He said they decided to open a transfer station in the county to better accommodate the SWD and possibly seek new customers in the area. Instead of continuing to transport recyclables to Girard, the materials can be taken to West Point instead once the transfer station is set up.

“Once you get a certain distance you need another transfer facility. You can only transport it so far” before it become cost prohibitive, Vogel said.

SWD Director Barbara Walton was obviously pleased by the move. “It means we’re going to save money from having to truck it all the way to Mahnoning County,” she said,

Walton estimated being able to take their recyclables to West Point will save them $38,000 a year in overtime and fuel. She said there will also be other savings in the form of fewer oil changes and wear and tear on their three trucks.

“When you’re cutting miles you are also cutting the number of times you have to change oils,” she said,

The SWD has been considering starting its own transfer station in Carrollton and making it part of a new office building complex. under consideration. Walton said not having to do that now will reduce the cost of the new building complex by at least $46,000.

Vogel was aware of the SWD’s plans when they began considering opening a transfer station in West Point. “We told them to be patient” but could not tell the SWD explicitly what they were planning until the purchase was consumated, he said.

tgiambroni@mojonews.com

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