Local youth organizations, Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups are also heading recycling drives.
Greg Sayre, head of West Virginia Cashin Recyclables in Nitro and a former member of the Solid Waste Authority board, said West Virginia Cashin is sponsoring a bottle drive for local organizations like the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and 4H clubs through Feb. 15. Sayre said he will give participating organizations 5 cents for every pound of plastic bottles they bring to the Nitro recycling center.
He said the public is also welcome to bring their bottles to West Virginia Cashin. He said he'll give a nickel to the West Virginia University Foundation for every pound of bottles brought in by members of the public.
Members of the Solid Waste Authority are also working with the Kanawha County school board to set up recycling drop points at area schools. The trick will be finding someone to pick up the bottles once they're collected.
But members of the Solid Waste Authority board want to keep local residents interested in recycling after the water crisis is over.
Board chairman Rod Watkins said the sudden influx of water bottles has touched a nerve with the public. "I think this all comes down to the realization that 10 million water bottles are going to go into the landfill rather than be recycled," he said.
Members of the solid waste board would like to keep recycling drop-off centers open around the county if a cost-effective way can be found to collect the materials left there. Board members are also trying to figure out how to make recycling work for smaller communities and unincorporated parts of the county.
Reach Rusty Marks at rustyma...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.