The Ottumwa Courier

Local News

July 29, 2013

Changes at Tenco frustrating but necessary, director says

OTTUMWA — Tenco's can redemption center has reopened, though new hours and rules have rubbed some the wrong way.

Tenco, which reopened on Wednesday, was closed for two weeks to install new equipment and play catch-up with a backlog of 1.3 million cans.

"People come from miles away with cans, and what was happening was we were falling way behind," said Tenco executive director Ben Wright.

Now, the goal is to keep the center from sliding back into the stress of practically being buried by too many cans, which they hope to control by limiting the center's hours to 20 per week, compared to the 32.5 hours per week it was open previously.

"We'd love to be open more if we thought we could handle it, but this seems to be about what we can be open and keep up with what comes in," Wright said. "I know there are a lot of frustrated people out there and we feel bad about it and wish we could change, but there's just no way."

Reduced hours mean longer lines, with some waiting up to 45 minutes or an hour. One way to eliminate that wait is to donate the cans to the center's donation box instead of waiting in line to redeem the 5 cents per can. Not only is there no wait, Wright said, but the money goes back to the individuals with disabilities that Tenco serves.

"We're only taking in cans that are redeemable by them having to put cans in clear bags," he said. "What happened previously was people would bring in cans in black and white plastic bags and write a number on it. Now, we're saying all bags have to be inspected to make sure they're redeemable and there's no glass, for the protection of the people in here."

Text Only
Local News
  • Ups and downs OTTUMWA — Iowa's governor and his lieutenant seemed thrilled with part of the employment news Friday. Gov. Terry Branstad's Twitter page said: "BREAKING: Iowa's employment reaches all-time high of 1,615,200." Iowa Workforce Development confirms the n

    April 18, 2014

  • 15-minutes.png A change at Evans

    OTTUMWA — You can get kids to memorize facts. But teaching them to think can take more time. Educational leaders told the Ottumwa school board that the school year that begins 2014 will shift Evans Middle School students from 45-minute periods to 60-

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Those who came before OTTUMWA — There is so much information on researching genealogy, beginners may not know where to start. But experts and knowledgeable amateurs will offer help as they gather for a free Family History Fair to share which websites are worthwhile and wh

    April 18, 2014

  • 0419 OTT Tree planting color photo -T -M -L Young Ottumwans show their green thumbs OTTUMWA — Several of Ottumwa’s cemeteries and parks were recipients of new trees this week as Ottumwa High School students and Eagle Scouts dedicated their time to planting dozens of trees around the city. Students from the OHS JROTC class were at Ot

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • 0419 OTT Prayer Walk 2 bw photo -L -M -T On a journey OTTUMWA — The seven blocks through the center of Ottumwa took more than an hour and a half to walk as 25 people prayed and read Scripture to reflect on the events of Good Friday. Led by the Ottumwa Area Fellowship of Pastors, the walk began at First

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • 0419 OTT drought map -L -T -M Drought weakens grip on Iowa OTTUMWA — Last weekend saw the first significant rains in quite some time for the Ottumwa area. How long? The last day with at least a half-inch of rain was back on Nov. 20. It was a welcome rain, arriving after the ground had thawed. That allowed at

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Eugene Clark STOCKPORT — Eugene Morris Clark, 90, of Stockport, died at 5:30 p.m. April 17, 2014, at Good Samaritan Health and Rehabilitation Center, Ottumwa. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Spencer Cemetery northeast of Stockport; Pastor Richard

    April 18, 2014

  • Civil War Round Table visited by baseball historian OTTUMWA — The Civil War Round Table was treated to a special guest Thursday night and a presentation about how baseball during the Civil War era helped shape Iowa as we know it. John Liepa, former history and political science professor at Des Moines

    April 18, 2014

  • Three-day forecast Today ... Sunny, with a high near 76. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10 to 18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Tonight ... Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Breezy, with a south wind 9 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph. Sunday ... Partly su

    April 18, 2014

  • 0418 OTT Tree City U.S.A. logo Ottumwa awarded as Tree City U.S.A. again OTTUMWA — Having big, beautiful trees throughout a community can help spruce up a city and make it more attractive to visitors. Ottumwa has shown a dedication to making the community more green and inviting, and the efforts have been recognized by th

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Photo reprints


Obituaries

Facebook
E-edition