Recycling center becomes a hot bed for crime in Charleston, WV

[image] George Hunyadi has had recent problems with people smashing televisions and gutting out electronics meant to be recycled at the Slack Street location.

One recycling center in our area has become a hot bed for crime, and the materials are piling up faster than the owner can handle.

"I mean, every single thing left outside the gate is destroyed. I can't send this to an e-waste recycler. He'll laugh at me," said George Hunyadi, owner of West Virginia Recycling Services.

Hunyadi has had recent problems with people smashing televisions and gutting out electronics meant to be recycled at the Slack Street location.

As the county's only 24-hour drop site, it isn't patrolled overnights or on the weekends.

"On Mondays, it's a mess. Part of the problem is materials aren't getting in the bins," he said.

Earlier this week, several employees spent hours picking up glass bottles and other items left on the ground. Hunyadi said the bins the items were supposed to go into weren't even full. He said if people have a problem lifting heavy items, an employee would be happy to help them. Keeping the site free from debris on the ground is a top priority, he said.

Hunyadi said the new operating hours will likely be Mon.-Fri. from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sat.-Sun. From 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

"I think 24 hours, I think it was a great goal and I think we've done okay with it. But, I think the clean-up and the maintenance for me is problematic," he said.

His employees will also police the site once an hour to make sure there aren't any more problems.


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