State of Emergency Declared

State of Emergency Declared

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Jun. 17, 2022 — The Wayne County Commissioners announced today that they are declaring a state of emergency in response to damage sustained by a series of intense storms that passed through the area this week. County officials are working with state and local public and private organizations and officials attempting to provide relief and assistance.

Commissioners express appreciation toward those people and organizations that are stepping forward to help with the clean-up effort, but most importantly, ensuring the safety of their fellow citizens.

United Way’s WHIRE (Wayne Holmes Information Referral Exchange) is helping answer questions about where those impacted can receive aid. Their number is (330) 263-6363. United Way has established a local relief fund where people can donate; the link is

The Wayne County Commissioners are fully engaged with the State of Ohio to ensure all available resources are obtained and distributed in a timely manner.


Wayne County Commissioners,

Ron Amstutz – President | Becky Foster | Sue Smail

Tenth clean audit review for Solid Waste Management District

Tenth clean audit review for Solid Waste Management District

WAYNE COUNTY, OH, Sep. 2020 — For the tenth year in a row, the Auditor of the State of Ohio presented an award of excellence to the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District for its accounting practices.

The award is based, in part, on the District’s ability to meet filing deadlines, comply with standards, and record no findings of recovery or material deficiencies.

“This is a shared responsibility that requires everyone to do their part,” the District’s Finance Director Erica Wright said. “It is not just finances, it is compliance, policy adherence, and it is doing a lot of things right.”

The District was formed in 1988 to prepare, adopt, submit, and implement a safe and sanitary solid waste plan. The commissioners from each county serve on the board of directors.

One of the methods the District uses to promote recycling in the area is through the use of an outreach coordinator who is available for classroom and area civic group presentations and discussions on recycling, composting, conservation, waste reduction, and natural resources.

The District also conducts a Master Recycler Program that offers an in-depth study of recycling practices and the impact on communities.

“We have a very strong team providing this much-appreciated service as this award affirms,” said Commissioner Ron Amstutz, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the benefits of recycling include:

  • Reduction of the amount of waste sent to landfills and incinerators
  • Conservation of natural resources such as timber, water, and minerals
  • Increased economic security by tapping a domestic source of materials
  • Prevention of pollution by reducing the need to collect new raw materials
  • Energy savings
  • Support for American manufacturing and the conservation of valuable resources
  • Creation of jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries in the United States

To learn more about the Stark-Tuscarawas-Wayne Joint Solid Waste Management District, visit


By Dan Starcher, public communications specialist for the Wayne County government.