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Extra plastic bottle recycling ends March 31

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Members of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority say satellite recycling stations set up around the county will stop accepting plastic bottles at the end of the month.

County officials and the officials for the Solid Waste Authority set up temporary recycling bins in Clendenin, Sissonville, Marmet, Cross Lanes and Charleston in January to deal with a huge influx of plastic bottles in the wake of the Jan. 9 chemical leak that left 300,000 West Virginia American Water customers with poisoned drinking water.

"Some of these locations we couldn't keep up with," said Solid Waste Authority Director James Young.

However, Young said collections at the five satellite stations have begun to drop as fewer people rely on bottled water, and Solid Waste officials are worried about the continued cost of picking up the bottles from the centers. Waste Management is charging to pick up the bottles and take them to the Slack Street recycling center in Charleston.

Young said the cost of collecting the bottles has been reimbursed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but FEMA no longer is paying for costs associated with the water emergency.

Young said the West Virginia Division of Environmental Protection has agreed to pay to pick up the bottles for the month of March, but reimbursements will then end.

Young said a recycling center at Cross Lanes United Methodist Church was moved recently to the Lowe's parking lot in the Nitro shopping plaza nearby. Other satellite locations include the Sissonville Foodland, Marmet Recreation Center, Clendenin Town Hall and Buckskin Council headquarters on Kanawha Boulevard in Charleston.

Solid Waste officials said they hope to have permanent recycling satellite stations around the county but wanted to get through the water crisis before making any long-term decisions. Members of the Authority's governing board said they aren't sure if permanent satellite stations are affordable.

After the satellites close on March 31, residents in outlying parts of the county can take their bottles to Slack Street or other recycling centers, Young said.

Reach Rusty Marks at rustymarks@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1215.


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