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4 - CAPE GAZEqffrE - Tuesday, April 15 - Thursday, April 17, 2008 "THIS RECYCLE DELAWARE SITE BROUGHT TO YOU BY DSWA, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE SUSSEX COUNTY COUNCIL:" Ron MacArthur photo The newest Delaware Recycles center, near Wilmington Trust on Route 113 in Georgetown, is a joint effort between Sussex County and Delaware Solid Waste Authority. Sussex County goes green hoping to save some, too By Ron MaeArthur Cape Gazette staff Chip Guy, the Sussex County public information officer, was growing tired of watching piles of paper end up in the trash bin. A lot of paper ends up that way. According to the Recycling Rules website, one billion trees' worth of paper is thrown away each year in the United States. Guy said it was ironic that it appears there is more paper than ever, even though this is the elec- tronic-digital age. And the amount of paper gener- ated by government is even more excessive. "Much of that ends up in file 13," he said. When the Delaware Solid Waste Authority switched to a sin- gle-stream recycling system, Guy saw an opportunity to "green" the county and formulate a county offices recycling program. Removing the sorting of recy- clables has made a recycling pro- gram much easier. Guy said coun- ty employees now have a blue recycling container placed beside their trash container. Mainten.ance staff picks up the two containers and takes the recy- cled material to a new Delaware Recycles center set up at the County Administrative Offices West Complex near Route 113 in Georgetown. The center is also open to the public. At least 75 percent of the waste generated by county employees can be recycled. "Most of what we were throwing away could be recycled," Gay said. Ray Webb, county facilities management director, said the idea of recycling is not new in the county, but it became impractical when the recycled materials had to be separated. Now that everything can be col- lected together and placed in one bin, that obstacle has been removed. "If these items can be recycled, and done so with relative ease and at no cost to the county taxpayers, why throw it away?" Webb said. The program is expected to save the county money in landfill costs. With less waste going to the landfill, Webb said, the county would save on tipping fees, fuel costs and manpower. He said the county spent approximately $1,900 in landfill tipping fees over and above the contract fees for waste hauling. By recycling most office waste generated by county operations, there will be fewer trips to the landfill, Webb said. The program got off the ground in mid-March. "Sure, the savings are nice. It's not a lot of money, but every little bit helps," said County Council President Finley Jones. "But overall, this is not about saving money. It's about helping the environment, and that's priceless." In addition, county employees are collecting five-cent deposit bottles as part of their recycling efforts for the Richard Allen School in Georgetown. The school is redeeming the bottles for the refund to purchase gym equip- ment. Contact Ron MacArthur at ronm @ capegazette, com. Ford talks about Lewes' greener future By Henry J. Evans Jr. Cape Gazette staff Lewes Mayor Jim Ford, speak- ing at the Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation's breakfast, said the city's plate of projects is full, and he and the city council are working to finish numerous tasks even as new ones are pre- sented. "If we didn't do anything new, we'd still have plenty to do," Ford told more than 125 Overfalls foundation members and support- ers gathered at LHR in Lewes Saturday, April 12. Ford said . providing the Overfalls group with a state of the city address has become an annu- M tradition. He said the Overfalls, a 1930s- era lightship, reflects Lewes' first core value - the city's connection to the sea. ""I just can't imagine what the profile of Lewes would be if that ship wasn't there," he said. At the top of Ford's list of chal- lenges facing the city is the task of filling the city manager's position. City Manager Tom Wontorek, who has served in the position for two years, is retiring at the end of May. Ford said the city has received several applications, and plans to begin interviewing candidates for the position soon. "If you've been to City Hall or driven by any time lately, you'll see that we're under way with expansion and remodeling. 'q'his has been a long process. We've been talking about this for many years and finally we've been able to get things moving along," Ford said of the $2.3 mil- lion project. The finished building will fea- ture new council chambers, expanded office, storage and workspaces, and improved public facilities. New Board of Public Works offices and facilities will also occupy portions of the build- ing. Ford said he has a vision for the "greening of Lewes" that would highlight the city as an environ- ment-friendly, fimess-oriented community. Part of that greening is the city's Canalfront Park. The park's sec- ond phase - construction of rest- room facilities and shade arbors - could be complete in June. Phase three of the park, construction of a Village Green, will replace the existing boat launch and parking lot. Construction of the green would begin following completion of the state's new boat launch facility, which is under construction. Ford said the city's single- stream recycling program, operat- ed by the Delaware Solid Waste Authority, is providing excellent service at a very good price. "For $26 for the whole year you can get curbside pickup every other week. You can dump every- thing except for cardboard into one container. It's easy to do," he said. Ford said recycling igloos are still in the city, and soon bins for recycling electronic equipment will be in place. "Computers and other electron- ic devices will be collected here. There are only a few of these sites in the state and we're going to have one of them," he said. Ford said the Showfield at Lewes annexation request contin- ues moving forward, and a public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, at the Lewes Public Library. He said Showfield's annexation request has taken time, and as the end of the process nears, he and city council members would begin looking at matters that require long-range planning. He said beginning this fall they would develop fiscal planning projections for the next to two to five years. Ford said also moving ahead are plans to develop a comprehensive parking analysis report that would examine possible solutions to the city's ever-tightening parking sit- uation. He said an information program telling the public they don't have to park right in front of a business would be part of the report. He said the University of Delaware's Strategic Planning Committee report, which last week recommended development of a four-year college in Sussex County, could be Considering Lewes because of the university's existing facilities there, Ford said he didn't have addi- tional information on the universi- ty's plans but if Lewes were the selected site, numerous discus- sions between city and university officials would occur. Contact Henry J. Evans Jr. at hevans@capegazette.cora. Henry J. Evans Jr. photo Lewes Mayor Jim Ford received an official lightship Overfalls shirt from Bob Humes, Overfalls Maritime Museum Foundation president. Ford spoke at LHR in Lewes, on Saturday, April 12, at the foundation's annual breakfast. The mayor gave foundation members a summa- ry of various city projects. Shown (l-r) are Ford and Humes. I