Last updated: July 26. 2013 3:52PM - 203 Views
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POINT PLEASANT The drop in reimbursement for recycled items has caused a local organization to trim its recycling program.
According to Nancy Eads, chairperson of the Mason County Solid Waste Authority, the market for recycled items has taken a hit with the recent downturn of the economy. And because items dropped off at the local recycling center are taken to a larger facility in Nitro on a monthly basis, the cost of transporting the items combined with the lack of need has created a burden.
To help reduce costs, Eads said recycling bins have been removed from their spots near the intermediate school and Trinity United Methodist Church in Point Pleasant and Wal-Mart in Mason. Bins remain in other spots throughout the county, but she cautioned that they likely will not be there much longer. However, the collection bins set out strictly for cardboard will remain at various businesses.
Eads added that despite the bins no longer being in some of these locations, people still are leaving items to be picked up. But because no one is retrieving items from those areas any longer, she said the items should be taken directly to the recycling center.
In addition, Eads said the center has had to cut what it can accept. Items that no longer will be accepted include any type of plastic, bi-metal, aluminum and glass as well as electronics. Garbage also is not to be dropped off at the center. Items that still will be accepted at the center include corrugated cardboard, magazines, newspapers and white office paper. Refrigerators also will be accepted during specified hours.
Eads expressed disappointment that the center has had to scale back its program, adding that local citizens efforts to recycle has been exceptional.
People have really been great. I wish we could continue (recycling) like we have been, she said. Hopefully, if the market picks back up, well be putting (the recycling bins) back out.
She also said the Solid Waste Authority doesnt want to discourage people from recycling, adding that as soon as the market bounces back, the bins will be available and the program will resume in its entirety.
Eads said that anyone who currently is saving items to be recycled can drop them off at the center this week during regular business hours. Items are not to be left at the gate when the center is not open.
The recycling center is located along Fairground Road next to the Mason County Animal Shelter and is open 6:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call 304-675-7855 or 304-675-2961.
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