By Mary Wade Burnside
Times West Virginian
New recycling bins at North Marion High School should be better monitored than a previous site because students in an environmental club will keep an eye out to make sure the area does not get littered.
The bins, placed on the campus before the school let out for the holidays, also gives the school a place to recycle paper without having to transport the items very far.
“We had one before in Mannington but it just wasn’t working out,” said Bobbi Benson, executive director of the Marion County Solid Waste Authority.
Garbage littered the area around the bins at the Mannington Senior Center, she added.
But with North Marion’s Going Green club monitoring the new bins, the situation will be a win-win, she added.
Most of the bins at the site are new, purchased with a $13,900 grant from the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board. One of the four bins from Allied Waste, the company that originally oversaw all the county’s recycling efforts, has been repainted and relabeled, Benson said.
The site takes the same recyclables as the county’s other sites: Nos. 1 and 2 plastics, aluminum and steel, newspaper and cardboard items such as boxes, Benson said.
Rusty DeVito, the school’s principal, said the situation works out because the Going Green club has been collecting paper to recycle and a teacher has been taking the items to Morgantown to recycle.
“It’s perfect for our kids because they wouldn’t have to use boxes and the teacher would not have to put the items in the trunk of her car and recycle,” DeVito said. “We want to do our part and conservation is a wonderful thing for students. We want our students to know that service is important.”