Recycling Center

Marion County litter control officer Ben Smith, Kathy Smith, Lloyd White and Jamie Moore have a discussion during the Marion County Solid Waste Authority grand opening of the recycling facility.

New balers will allow

SWA’s program

to be self-sufficient

FARMINGTON — Marion County Solid Waste Authority held a grand opening of the recycling facility on Wednesday.

Bobbi Benson, executive director of the authority, said that about 50 people attended the opening, where the recycling process was explained.

Those who attended were allowed to see the two new balers that will be used to recycle the various materials.

“I was very proud of everyone,” Benson said. “Everyone has helped getting us where we are today.”

Some even were lucky enough to witness how much the baler reduced the size of items.

The new balers will allow the recycling program to be self-sufficient. Before the balers were purchased, the funding from sold recyclable materials was less than 50 percent of what the county could generate.

Those in attendance included Department of Environment Protection staff members, West Virginia Solid Waste Management board members, Marion County Commission members, Marion County Chamber of Commerce members and many others.

Marion County Litter Control officer Ben Smith said he wanted to thank the Marion County Solid Waste Authority board members for donating their time to benefit the county.

Marion County Solid Waste Authority members considered the event a celebration.

“When that first bale popped out, it was like having a child,” Pete Bensen joked.

The authority has spent many years working toward receiving this equipment, and seeing it in action was a a very positive moment for those in attendance.

According to Marion County Solid Waste Authority board members, the authority has had a goal of being more self-sufficient for several years.

Grants from the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP) were used to purchase the equipment, which included the balers this year and a truck and hook system last year.

Various recycling drop-offs are located in Marion County including behind Wilson Ford in White Hall, at the Solid Waste Authority office in Idamay, at the Paw Paw Fairgrounds in Rivesville, behind the municipal building parking lot in Kingmont, at the Novelis parking lot on Speedway, at the Family Dollar Store parking lot in Fairview, in Worthington at the volunteer fire department, in the Barrackville Post Office parking lot, North Marion High School and in the Mid-City parking lot in Fairmont.

Email Richard Babich at rbabich@timeswv.com. or follow him on Twitter @rbabichTWV.

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