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Mission

Our mission is to assure safe and sanitary disposal of solid waste for district residents and to reduce reusable or renewable wastes from entering landfills within the District. This will be accomplished through the development of residential and industrial programs that educate, promote, provide, implement and improve recycling opportunities that will preserve landfill space now and into the future.

History

On June 24, 1988, House Bill 592 became effective and required the boards of county commissioners of all of Ohio’s 88 counties to form Solid Waste Management District’s, either individually or in conjunction with other boards of county commissioners. Following the passage of House Bill 592, the boards of county commissioners of Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties, believing that continuing the established relationship among the counties was beneficial, agreed to function as a joint solid waste management district. Thus, the county commissioners of all three counties formed the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District by resolution on November 28, 1988. The Board of Directors is comprised of the County Commissioners representing Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne Counties.

The Solid Waste District, pursuant to Ohio Revised Code Chapter 343 and Section 3734.52, was formed for the purposes of preparing, adopting, submitting, and implementing a solid waste management plan for the District for the purpose of providing for, or causing to be provided for, the safe and sanitary management of solid wastes within all the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the counties.

As of January 1, 2007 the Stark County Recycling Office, the Tuscarawas County Office of Recycling & Litter Prevention and theWayne County Recycling Office merged upon the request of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The three recycling offices now work together as one with the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District. The District's office is located in Bolivar, and garages for the District's recycling trucks are located in Canton and Wooster.

Bylaws

The Bylaws of the Board of Directors are standing rules governing the regulations of the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District. These rules were adopted by the Board in accordance with the Agreement made and entered as of the 28th day of November 1988, by the Counties of Stark, Tuscarawas and Wayne (respectively, Stark County, Tuscarawas County and Wayne County and collectively, the Counties) establishing the District.

For a complete copy of the District's Bylaws, click here.

Plan

The Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District's Plan was first approved on February 24, 1993. The District is required to update the Plan every five years. The current plan was prepared by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working in consultation with the District and under a contact with a team of solid waste planning consulting firms. This plan update was approved December 2006.

The District is required to implement waste reduction strategies which will meet the goals established in the 2001 State Plan. The District is encouraged to meet the following goals through its residential/commercial waste reduction strategies and industrial/commercial waste reduction strategies and industrial waste reduction strategies:

  • Goal #1: Access to Alternative Waste Management Opportunities. Under this goal, solid waste management Districts must demonstrate that at least 90% of the residential population in each county has access to recycling opportunities.
  • Goal #2: Reduce and/or recycle at least 25% of the residential/commercial waste generated and 66% of the industrial waste generated.
  • Goal #3: Provide informational and technical assistance on source reduction.
  • Goal #4: Provide informational and technical assistance on recycling, reuse and composting opportunities.
  • Goal #5: Develop strategies for managing scrap tires, yard waste, lead-acid batteries and household hazardous waste (HHW).
  • Goal #6: Economic Incentive Analysis. Under this goal, the District must analyze the feasibility of incorporating economics incentives into its recycling programs.
  • Goal #7: Prepare a market development strategy. Optional
  • Goal #8: Reporting. Under this goal, the District must annually report to the Ohio EPA on its progress toward implementing its solid waste management plan.

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