By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
Decades back, Fairmont and Morgantown were two of the first cities in West Virginia to implement curbside recycling.
Years later, new technologies and innovations allow us to recycle even more than ever, and our recycling programs have continued to evolve to keep up.
This year, Republic Services, formerly known as Allied Waste, took a major step forward by providing improved recycling services in Morgantown, and they hope to take the lessons learned from the rollout and apply them in Fairmont in the spring.
When Fairmont renewed its contract with Republic Services, it included a provision to expand the recycling program, City Manager Jay Rogers said.
“We wanted to place a greater emphasis on recycling,” he said.
Jeff Harvey, general manager at the Republic Services Fairmont location, said this expansion would basically be represented as a transition to a “cart” model.
At the moment, Fairmont residents are given a blue tub they take to the curb once every two weeks.
With the new system, this bin would be replaced with a green 65-gallon cart which residents can fill with all their recyclable goods — and they do mean all of them.
Included are just about all plastic containers (plastics Nos. 1-7), aluminum cans, glass bottles of all colors, “junk mail,” phone books, corrugated cardboard, paperback books, newspapers and more.
Harvey said Fairmont already has “single-stream” recycling, meaning that you can put different kinds of items in the bin and they will be sorted out later, but the proposed upgrade would make it much easier to put out items in bulk.