Numbers are down at the recycling center and the Pratt County Landfill.

Recycling totals and landfill totals are down for 2017. Jason Winkel, county landfill manager, presented the numbers for 2017 to the Pratt County Commissioners at their June 29 meeting.

Plastic intake was down 1.02 tons in 2017 compared to 2016. Fiber products, including newspaper, chipboard, white paper, office pack, magazines, shredded paper, cardboard and phone books showed a big drop of over 47 tons.

The Cardboard route numbers are actually up form from 2016 with a three ton increase from 114 tons to 117 tons. Glass, aluminum and tin are also up over 2016 with a plus 2.2tons.

Overall, the total recycle intake for 2017 was 277 tons and the was down 63.3 tons from 2016. The drop on tonnage is even more dramatic when comparing the intake form 2015 to 2016 when total recycle intake was down 90.7 tons.

Winkel said the decrease is possibly due to a decrease in population. At the same time, the recycle materials market in China is getting stricter on contamination levels and that is going to impact recycle revenues.

"It's going to take a toll on recycling across the board," Winkel said.

As for the county landfill, the tonnage is also down significantly with 308 tons in 2017 compared to 2016. This drop includes all the landfill material from the Ninnescah Energy Wind Farm construction. This puts the daily tonnage per day well below the maximum.

Going back a year farther, the drop in tonnage from 2015 to 2017 is down 1,582 tons.

With the drop in market prices, especially in plastics, Winkel is considering just taking Pete 3-7 plastics to the landfill because prices are so low, it would cost him money to recycle the material. He will keep the commissioners informed on what he intends to do about plastic.

The other plastic products, like milk jugs, will still be recycled.

He is also considering mixing white paper and office pack because a lot of office pack ends up with the white paper anyway when it comes in.

There was a leak in a barrel in Household Hazardous Waste. A barrel was just dropped off at the back gate. There was oil on top of acid that leaked onto the concrete floor and caused some etching. Clean Harbor has removed the barrel and neutralized the acid.

Bob Blasi, who is doing the plumbing replacement in the Law Enforcement Center, said the basement floor inspection revealed the pipes were good there and didn't need to be replaced. However, there were many other pipes that were leaking and one particular two inch line was about give out. A lot of the pipes are cast iron and have been in the building since it was built in 1976.

When the new lines are installed, they will have a shut off valve for each cell. Now, if one cell needs plumbing work, they have to shut down the whole line so this will be a major improvement, Blasi said.

Doug Freund, county road and bridge supervisor, said he will be running an ad for a blade operator. He is also working on bids for rock prices for asphalt for projects in 2018. He has contacted Pierson Construction and Cornejo to get bids for about 2,500 tons of rock.

Associated with the rock bids, Freund is also putting out bids for a new broom used to clean asphalt.

Freund is also putting out bids for four ditch mowers for county tractors. The mowers are getting a lot of wear and need to be replaced.

Tiffany Ailstock, Retired and Senior Volunteer Program director, said community service workers had done an "awesome" job helping unload the commodities truck and had the food in the building in about an hour. One community service person rode the public transportation bus and helped riders on and off.

In other action:

Commissioners spent over an hour reviewing and making corrections to the county sanitation code with Environmental Services manager Robert Torres.

Commissioners accepted a $17,200 bid from Crowdis Water Well Service to install a 30 hp pump and motor for a water well in Cairo that will be used to refill fire trucks.

Commissioners approved of $5,137 to Sanders Agency for the health department's liability insurance for medical professionals.

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