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Public, officials to weigh in on Rumpke plans

HAMILTON TOWNSHIP - Representatives of Rumpke Recycling will meet with area residents this evening to discuss the company's proposed solid waste transfer and recycling station.

The proposed facility would be built on land now owned by Dow Chemical. It would be adjacent to the Duke Energy facility on County Road 1A.

"This is just something we do voluntarily. We meet with people and discuss any concerns they might have," said Bruce Downard, district manager for Rumpke's Beech Hollow district. "We will have a presentation and then have a question and answer time."

The transfer station is expected to accept solid waste from Lawrence County households and businesses and separate recyclable materials for reuse before transferring the remainder of the refuse to area landfills.

County officials have long maintained that a transfer station is a key component in the county's battle against illegal dumping and litter. Such a facility would make it more convenient for residents to dispose of their garbage.

A group of Hamilton Township residents, however, complained that the proposed site could be put to better use than as a home for the transfer station.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. at Hamilton Township Volunteer Fire Department.