Labor Shortage for Recycling Reusable Used Bags
July 17, 2013 by
The Recycling Center at Mason County is facing a shortage of labor. The county officials are looking forward to solving this problem by increasing the cost of operations and hiring new employees. This issue was recently brought in light by the solid waste co-coordinator of the county, Steve Frodge.
Concern Over the Shortage of Labor to Clean up Used Bags Waste
During a recent Mason Fiscal Court meeting, Steve informed all the present county commissioners that he is currently falling short of ten people to effectively operate the recycling center. He explained by saying that on certain days there were nine inmates at the center and sometimes he had just two of them. This made an average of 6 inmates every day.
Judge-Executive, James Gallenstein mentioned that the recycling center was designed with the aim of having 21 working inmates. With efficient working habits and improvements in the machinery used at the center, this number declined to 16. He also said that the number of inmate labor is critical for the smooth functioning of the center, but it is typically running a deficit every year. He approximated that $300,000 are required to run the center. Constant change in prices associated with selling and buying of recyclable products such as glass, aluminum, reusable used bags, plastic, newsprint, and cardboard by the center on an average sells about $200,000 every year.
Reusable Used Bags Making Their Way to the Landfills
The current situation has started forcing the center to send all recyclable supplies to the landfill from past few weeks. It has been forced to do so as it does not have the required number of people to sort, bail, unload the trucks, and shred the newspapers as well as cardboard to process the recycled materials of approximately 200,000 pounds that come from the center every month.
He explained that a shortage in the number of inmate labors came up due to many reasons. One of them was the early release of the inmates of the state from the detention centre of Mason County due to new laws. This law allowed the inmates to get $100 as credit every day for paying their jail and court bills.
Frodge said that their main aim is to keep recyclable materials from the landfills. He said that hiring Rumpke to look after recyclable materials will end up costing more. Converting the center to a drop-off location will result in more cost. He said that the state allowed a reduction of 5 percent in the solid waste of every county. A total of four million pounds was disposed of by the centre in 2012.