Recycling Center Requests Additional Funding

The Buffalo-Johnson County Recycling Center is currently closed due the the COVID-19 pandemic, but is looking to reopen when Governor Mark Gordon lifts the state restrictions.

The recycling center is in need of additional funding to tide them over until one-percent funding is allocated with the new fiscal year in July.

Dean Knauer and Bill Ostheimer with the recycling center joint powers board made the request for additional funding at the recent county commission meeting.

The market for recycled materials has been down this year, which has led to the center receiving less money for the materials, and helping to create the shortfall.

According to discussions, the board is seeing a rebound in the market overall, but they may have to change what materials they can accept based on the market.

They will also be looking at trying to cut costs at the center once they have been given the green light to reopen.

The commissioners approved funding of $10,000 out of the General Fund, along with an additional $5,000 if needed before one percent funds become available, contingent upon the City of Buffalo contributing a matching amount.

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