By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
It took a week, but Marion County recycling is back up and running.
Last week, the Marion County Solid Waste Authority (MCSWA) asked residents to temporarily stop bringing their recyclables to MCSWA locations.
The reason, said MCSWA executive director Bobbi Benson, involved the Monongalia County processing facility Marion County recyclables are taken to.
“They usually process it and market it for us and give us a percentage of the profit,” she told the Times West Virginian.
But the Mon County facility’s baler broke, which caused a backlog of materials. The facility asked Marion County to stop sending them more to bale, and the MCSWA passed that along to consumers.
But, said MCSWA vice-chair Jesse Corley, “everything is back up and running.”
The authority has never had to deal with a problem like this before, he said.
“As far as their equipment breaking down, this is the first time that’s happened,” he said. The board will be meeting later this month, and Corley said they’ll likely discuss ways to deal with a similar situation in the future without having to stop taking recyclables again.
“People just have to be patient,” Corley said. “If everything pans out, we’re going to be setting pretty good with the recyclables in Marion County.”