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SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
Tuesday, 28 May 1996 Riley County Office Building
7:00 P.M. Second Floor Meeting Room
Members Present: David Bollman, Betty Book, William Eberle, Steve Galitzer, Dan Harden, Roger Kvasnicka, Alan Ladd, Karen McCulloh, Gary Naughton, John Ott, Bob Rogers, Monty Wedel, Judy Willingham, Howard Wilson, Fran Zerby
Others Present: William Clark, Jason Von Schmidt, Beau Burris, Kathy Ellis
Members Absent: Burke Bayer, Mike Brodersen, Dianne Brummet, Phyllis Epps, Jerry Ericson, David Horn, John Hunt, Ernest Jordan, Edmund Kriebs, Bruce McCallum, Dennis Peterson, Damian Schmidt, Karen Visser
Staff Present: Julie Winter
The meeting was called to order by Steve Galitzer, Chair and introductions were made.
1. Roll call (Attendance sign-up sheet)
The attendance sign-up sheet was passed around the table.
2. Introduce and welcome new members
Steve Galizter introduced and welcomed the new SWMC members. They are as
Burke Bayer (Private Industry) replaces Menissa Mesic
William Eberle (Private Industry) replaces David Bipes
David Horn (Member at large) replaces Larry Ness
3. Minutes of Previous Meeting.
A motion was made and seconded to approve the minutes of April 23, 1996 as
distributed. Motion carried unanimously.
Minutes - S.W.M.C.
May 28, 1996
4. Discussion of Waste Reduction with KSU Extension Pollution Prevention
Institute (Sheri Davis)
Jean Waters attended the meeting in place of Sheri Davis. Ms. Waters gave the committee some ideas on Waste Reduction. She feels that we need to educate the consumers on ways to reduce recycables in the waste stream. One way of doing this would be to start at the beginning, by changing the consumers buying habits. Incentive programs are also very effective. The important thing to remember in recycling is that you have to keep reminding and encouraging people to continue in their efforts. Ms. Waters also suggested that the committee find easier and more convenient ways for the community to dispose of Household Hazardous Waste. Galitzer told the committee that his department was looking into a possible HHW drop-off on campus.
Ms. Waters suggested that the committee conduct a waste stream audit in order to find out exactly what wastes are running through Riley County’s waste steam and then set goals on how to reduce it. Steve Galitzer asked William Clark if he would work with Ms. Waters on devising some type of program and to let the committee know at the next meeting what costs are involved. Mr. Clark agreed to help.
5. General discussion of Solid Waste Management Plan
Monty Wedel gave a brief overview of the Recycling Conference he attended in Hutchinson. While at the conference Wedel talked to several county and state officials about the Solid Waste Management Plan. He was told that there are a lot of changes at the State level and that there probably will not be a whole lot of guidance. There was a suggestion made that maybe a rough draft should be sent on to the State for their review and recommendations. Victoria Silva, KDHE will be reviewing our plan and would be willing to visit with the Committee and provide answers to any questions.
Wedel told the Committee in order for Riley County to qualify for grant money, there will need to be something written in the plan. For example Riley County would most likely qualify for a grant to help fund a percent of the audit as long as it is documented within the plan.
6. Subcommittee Reports
RECYCLING: John Ott
Mr. Ott suggested that someone scan over the SWM Plan and make date corrections. Also he suggested that the Recycling Chapter feature recycling products and area events (e.g. Earth Day).
Steve Galitzer asked that the Committee propose a plan at its next meeting to have the Board of County Commissioners sign a resolution requiring all county offices to recycle their waste.
The education subcommittee will go through the SWM Plan and move all educational information to its own chapter.
The committee would like for Fran and the Education Committee to come up with a slogan for educational posters and advertising. These could be displayed at the Farmer’s Market and the Riley County Fair. A suggestion was also made that maybe this slogan could be printed on T-Shirts for Advertising.
As a way to help educate people on the alternative disposal options available, Betty Book, Refuse Control offered to include this information in their customer letters. McCulloh suggested that the Education Subcommittee get something out to each of the moving companies.
7. Other business
Beau Burris, RecycCo, Chapman, Kansas, gave a brief profile of his curbside pick-up business. RecycCo currently has less then 100 customers in the Manhattan area. Mr. Burris stated RecycCo is able to verify where all recycables end-up and guarantees that nothing ends up in a landfill or Transfer Station. Brochures were handed out to each committee member. Following his discussion a brief question-answer session took place.
At the next meeting there will be a brief meeting on agenda items, then the SWMC will breakup into subcommittees to continue work on the plan.
8. Set date and time for next meeting/adjourn
The next S.W.M.C. Meeting will be June 25, 1996 at 7:00 P.M., Riley County Office Building, Second Floor Meeting Room.