CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority hopes to reach a formal agreement early next month with a private company to reopen the Slack Street Recycling Center along the Elk River in Charleston.
Rod Watkins, vice chairman of the Solid Waste Authority, said, "Four of five points still have to be resolved. By Dec. 4, we hope to have something ready for approval."
The authority plans to meet again at its Slack Street office at 10 a.m. Dec. 4 to look at the final version of the contract, which also will become available to the public.
After the SWA board finished a private executive session on Tuesday morning, Watkins spoke favorably of the board's discussions with George Hunyadi from West Virginia Recycling Services, a private company based in Columbus, Ohio, that operates recycling facilities.
Chicago-based Draw Enterprises -- West Virginia Recycling's parent company -- owns and operates about 30 recycling centers in five states.
In March, the SWA voted to shut down the Slack Street Recycling Center because of safety concerns about the old building, built 104 years ago. The building was used to store and sort recyclable materials including plastics, metals, paper and glass.
The Slack Street center has operated on a limited basis since then, with many people delivering their own recyclables to the site. Cities that used the Slack Street site began taking their materials to recycling facilities in Beckley or Nitro.
In July, the Solid Waste Authority lost about $30,000. In August, the SWA took its last load of recyclable office paper under its contract with the state, after losing the contract.
Today, problems at the Slack Street facility include a deteriorating roof, parts of which have collapsed, and holes in its floors up to 40 feet deep.
Greg Sayer, a Solid Waste Authority board member, estimates it would cost $200,000 to replace the roof of the building that was once a powerhouse and water treatment facility.