published Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Georgia: Santek Environmental renews recycling, extends hours


by Beverly Carroll

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Santek Environmental officials on Tuesday said they have at last found a solution to continuing the recycling operation at the closed Catoosa County landfill.

“This will cost us a little money,” Santek General Manager Chris Johnson said. “But, we found out real fast this is a major concern for the residents of Catoosa County.

The Cleveland, Tenn.-based company was responding to residents’ complaints when recycling services were curtailed by the company because of cost.

County Manager Mike Helton had reported numerous complaints about residents not being able to drop off materials for recycling, or about materials piling up or being scattered because they are not carried away.

SANTEK HOURS

For commercial haulers:

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to noon

Sunday: Closed

For private residents:

Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Sunday: Closed

Source: Catoosa County Commission

Santek also announced at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting that hours for the convenience center on Shope Ridge Road will be extended for private residents bringing garbage or recycling.

The convenience center is a transfer station at the closed county landfill. Local garbage is delivered and relayed to a regional landfill near Chatsworth.

Mr. Johnson said Santek has worked out an arrangement in which Carustar of Dalton and Waste Services, a subsidiary of Santek, will partner to provide recycling receptacles for plastic, mixed paper, cardboard and aluminum.

Waste Services will operate the bins and transport the material to Carustar for recycling.

Officials said problems had arisen with the county’s recycling operation, including that people were dropping materials off that were not acceptable for recycling.

Unacceptable items typically include items such as garden hoses, plastic flower pots and vinyl siding, said April Carlock, with Carustar.

Mr. Johnson said a drop in value of recyclable materials last summer had made it difficult to retain a contractor to take the materials.

Then in January, Santek had cut operating hours at the facility to cut costs by reducing employee hours.

“In June the recycling market went completely to the bottom,” he said. “It’s beginning to creep back up, not much, but back up.”

Mr. Helton and county commissioners thanked the company for efforts to address residents’ concerns about recycling.

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