In a move to try to make SEK Recycling, Inc. property more ‘regional-friendly’ the site in Pittsburg will be hosting one of two statewide collections.

In a move to try to make SEK Recycling, Inc. property more ‘regional-friendly’ the site in Pittsburg will be hosting one of two statewide collections.

Chuck Delp, with SEK Recycling, Inc., said that they are partnering with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) to host Kansas Clean Sweep, an agricultural waste pesticide collection program, on Nov. 13.

“The state was trying to find someone and they weren’t getting a lot of cooperation,” Delp said.

That’s when SEK Recycling, Inc. stepped in and volunteered, on behalf of Crawford County, to host one of the two collection events.

The event is a free waste pesticide collection for Kansas farmers and ranchers, however, all non-pesticide items will be charged as well as items from distributors and dealers.

KDHE will provide a crew to come to Pittsburg and take the items for disposal.

“They (KDHE) are excited and the county got a lot of brownie points with KDHE,” Delp said.

It is part of an effort to help create a regional site for waste disposal at the SEK Recycling, Inc. location at 615 S. Joplin in Pittsburg.

And Delp said that it is not something that would be difficult to establish because, he said, there are a lot of smaller towns in southeast Kansas that are interested in establishing disposal and recycling programs, but don’t have the volume to built a site for collection.

“If we can get agreements set up, we can become more regional and help some of these towns that are looking for recycling programs,” Delp said.

Crawford County commissioners had nothing negative to say about the prospect of the Pittsburg location becoming more of a regional disposal site.

“Stepping up and looking at regional projects to help the area are those win-win situations that we look for,” said Commissioner Linda Grilz.

With regards to the agriculture disposal project, Commissioner Ralph McGeorge said that KDHE choosing Pittsburg was great for the state as well as for southeast Kansas.

“This is something that we are at the forefront of and we have a great facility that the state can use,” McGeorge said.

On the Web:
SEK Recycling, Inc.: http://www.sekr.org

Matthew Clark can be reached at matthew.clark@morningsun.net or at 620-231-2600, Ext. 140