POINT PLEASANT — The Mason County Solid Waste Authority is more than recycling good ideas.
The authority board is also comprised of new members and officers, including Chairman Sam Nibert, Secretary Lorrie Wright, Treasurer Diana Cromley, Assistant Treasurer Joann Cullen.
There are 50 solid waste authorities in the state of West Virginia, according to Mark Holstine, executive director of the West Virginia Solid Waste Authority Management Board.
Holstine, also at the recent meeting of the newly appointed Mason County Solid Waste Authority Board, said the organization is controlled by local representatives, to see trash and refuse are picked up and disposed, it also helps organize local recycling efforts. Not having a solid waste authority could become a health and safety issue, Holstine said.
Mason County voters voted to establish a solid waste authority and comprehensive recycling program in 1991. Part of that program includes the solid waste authority driving around to area businesses, across the county, to collect and dispose of cardboard boxes which the authority turns around and recycles to generate revenue. The office, located on Fairground Road, takes cardboard and other recyclable material. Starting July 17, business hours for the recycling center are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
In addition to cardboard, the authority generates income by taking bi-metal/aluminum cans, newspapers/paper, and the environment benefits by less trash. In addition to the authority’s offices north of Point Pleasant, recycling bins can be found throughout the county at New Haven Elementary, Letart Community Building, City National Bank, under the Bartow Jones Bridge on First Street in Point Pleasant and Nibert’s Auction in Ashton.
Nibert said he hoped to be a self-supporting solid waste authority by increasing cardboard intake and recycling as well as writing grants.
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