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Recycling district names new director

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

TELL CITY - A man with roughly three decades' experience in the lumber industry wants to see how many other materials he can turn into cash beginning Feb. 8, when he takes on leadership of the Perry County Recycling Management District.

"I'm a forester by trade, and 'renewable-recyclable' has always been a deal with me," Kenneth C. Smith said Friday. "I hope to enhance it here in Perry County, for people to think about recycling as being more convenient than throwing items in the trash."

Residing at 721 19th St. in Tell City, Smith was selected Jan. 14 from among 33 applications received after Paul Alvey announced his intent to resign as the district's executive director.

Marlow Smethurst, chairman of the district advisory board, said a selection committee that included himself, Barbara Ewing and Bill Amos recommended Smith after paring the number of applicants down to five and interviewing them. Ewing and Amos are members of the district's board of directors and Tell City mayor and Perry County commissioner, respectively.

Smith said he'd like to see what other materials can be added to those being recycled instead of going to landfills.

"Everything we throw away, to me, ought to be able to be recycled someplace," he said.

His philosophy is influenced in part, he said, by the fact that he's "a lifelong Scouter."

Smith earned a bachelor-of-science degree in forestry from Purdue University and an associate's degree in computer networking from Ivy Tech Community College. He worked from 1992 until 2008 for an Indiana Hardwoods plant in Chandler. His positions there included marketing manager, inventory and costing specialist, sawmill manager and superintendent, and included work in information technology and procurement.

He boasted on his résumé of helping to set a company safety record with five years without lost-time accidents and raising production by 25 percent within four months.