The Portage County Solid Waste District was established in 1989 in compliance with a new Ohio law that required each County to form "Districts" and take responsibility for providing capacity and recycling opportunities for their waste stream. Portage County formed a "single county" District that includes a population of 145,000.
The Portage County Solid Waste Management Plan approved by the Ohio EPA made a strong commitment to public ownership of a recycling processing center to assure the feasibility and marketability of local collection programs. In response to this commitment, the District purchased a $2,200,000 recycling/transfer station located at 3588 Mogadore Road, Brimfield Township, Portage County, Ohio, to replace the former District Recycling Facility located on Marvin Street in the City of Kent. The District Recycling Center is also the largest publicly owned and operated Material Recovery Facility in the State of Ohio.