By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
It has been nearly a year since the Marion County Solid Waste Authority, which operates nine recycling drop-off locations, quit accepting glass because sharp pieces were getting intermingled with paper, aluminum and other items.
At that time, recyclers were told they could take their glass to the Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority.
However, as of the end of June, that organization also quit accepting glass because of financial reasons.
“Right now, we have no place to take it,” said Bobbi Benson, executive director of the Marion County Solid Waste Authority. “If we did do it ourselves, we would have to pay to take it to the landfill. There is no place that is taking glass right now.”
However, plans have been moving forward for the solid waste authority’s new sorting center that Benson hopes will be open by January. The Marion County Solid Waste Authority just closed the building in Barrackville that housed its office, which was a rental, and moved into an office trailer that was moved to the Idamay facility.
Once the facility opens, Benson hopes the solid waste authority will be able to accept glass once again.
“The people from Charleston, the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board, they advised us not to because it’s going to cost too much money when we’re up and running,” Benson said.