The city of Charleston is forced to delay the implementation of its new recycling collection process. The new single stream process is delayed due to transportation and logistical issues. The process was set to go into effect June 1.
The new collection process, not set to begin until at least September, will allow Charleston residents to recycle all items in one bag without sorting. _____ UPDATE:
The Charleston Recycling Committee passed the recycling ordinance Wednesday evening by a vote of 6-2.
The final vote will be held May 5th. _____ ORIGINAL:
The Charleston Environment Recycling Committee will vote on approving a single-stream recycling ordinance tonight. That means if this ordinance passes final approval, Charleston residents will no longer have to sort their recyclables. Sissonville resident Ronda Kizer came to West Virginia Recycling Services to drop off her recycling this afternoon. She is in favor of the proposal because she believes if people do not have to take the time to sort their recyclables then more people may be willing to recycle.
Kizer says recycling benefits the community by creating a cleaner environment. She says she accumulates a whole car load of recyclable material in just a week. If everyone recycled, she says think how much less would be in landfills. Kizer also notes that some places she has lived like Arizona and Connecticut require residents to recycle.
West Virginia Recycling Services is the business that will be sorting your glass, cardboard, paper, plastics, and cans. What about sensitive material mixed among the plastic bottles and cardboard? Kizer says she pulls labels off her pill bottles and shreds any confidential documents. Assistant Plant Manager, Terry Edwards, explains the company has rules stating workers cannot take materials home. Workers are also subject to drug testing, background checks, and must sign a confidentiality agreement.
West Virginia Recycling Services makes money by selling your recycled materials. No tax dollars are used to pay for this service. The final vote on this ordinance is May 5th.
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