Few participate in Charleston, WV curbside recycling service

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While some cities fight to keep their recycling programs afloat, it seems people in the City of Charleston aren’t taking full advantage of the services available. 

“I wish that we had better recycling opportunities in the state,” said Kathryn Ellis. She is committed to recycling even when it isn’t convenient. She lives in an area that doesn’t have curbside pick up so she travels to the county’s drop off bins on Slack Street. 

“I just do it because it is worth it,” Ellis said. “I do it because it is what needs to happen.” 

Gary Taylor, with Charleston’s Public Works Department said that “Charleston residents aren’t taking full advantage of the opportunity for convenient curb side recycling.”

He added, “the city did a study in November to find out how many people were using curbside services.”

They found that less than 20 percent of the places they stop to pick up garbage are also putting out recycling. 

Since the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is no longer able to process the city’s recyclables, they are hauled to Raleigh County. That comes with a $52,000 price tag. 

The results of that study will be presented to the city’s Environmental and Recycling Committee in the next few days. 

Some residents say they try to participate in the programs, but what they leave at the curb isn’t picked up. 

Taylor said the city won’t pick up recycling if: 
-the recycling is in the wrong type of bag 
-there is trash mixed in with the recyclables 
-the items are late to the curb 

He said, “Recycling should be set out on the same day and in the same place as your regular refuse. Two different trucks should run through the area on your pick up day–one to pick up trash, the other to pick up recycling.” 

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