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Solar compactors coming to East End

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- East End residents and visitors will have more options for waste disposal next summer, with the installation of solar recycling compactors on Washington and Smith streets.

East End Main Street was granted more than $27,000 by the state Department of Environmental Protection's Covered Electronic Devices grant program. The cost will cover five receptacles, as well as software that will notify the city's Public Works department when they are filled.

Ric Cavender, executive director of East End Main Street, told his group's board of directors Wednesday that the compactors hold about five bags of recycling each.

"You'll have to pick up, depending on how much it's used, once every couple months," Cavender said.

Cavender said he hopes the East End project will be a pilot program for a citywide public recycling initiative.

The board also received a HallowEast update from committee member Lori Brannon. The four-day Halloween event brought in more than $10,800 in profit for the organization, according to a financial report.

While the costume crawl continues to be a "key HallowEast event," Brannon said money was lost on the murder mystery dinner party.

"We need to rework the entertainment a little bit, kind of take a new angle on it," Brannon said.

More than 900 people registered for the Run Like Hell 5k race, an accomplishment for a first-year event, Brannon said.

East End Main Street is also partnering with the Clay Center for its holiday bazaar. The artisan market -- typically stationed at the corner of Ruffner Avenue and Washington Street -- will be set up in the center's lobbies for three Saturdays: Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

Reach Rachel Molenda at rachel.molenda@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5102.


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