Holiday Season has Recycling Bins Backed Up

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – More people are recycling than ever, and during the holiday season there is more waste than any other time of year.

This has caused recycling bins in Cabell County to fill up faster than usual and is creating some problems for those who are responsible for the bins.

Mark Buchanan, who is with the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority, said the holiday season has the company contracted to empty the bins behind. As a result, the Solid Waste Authority is asking for the community's help.

“Were asking for the help of the general public by asking to see if they show up to a recycling location and looks like full that they refrain from putting stuff on the ground,” Buchanan said. ”It’s a lot of extra work for them to come and clean up, not to mention it's a little untidy looking”

Buchanan says it’s important to keep the area around the bins clean to ensure that the businesses continue to allow the county to place the bins on their property.

“These locations are on private property,” Buchanan said. “We want to make sure we maintain a good relationship with those businesses that allow us to keep these bins on these sites.”

Buchanan says he’s glad the people of Cabell County have embraced the concept of recycling like they have and wants people to be patient while they are backed up.

“Our contractor services all the locations in this county, as well as others in West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky,” Buchanan said. “We’re having trouble getting trucks everywhere to service the volume that we are having right now.”

In the meantime, Buchanan asks that people moderate how much they are recycling.

“If you end up at a site and it looks full, take it to another site,” he said. “Or take the materials back home, hang onto it for a couple of days; they will eventually get caught up.”

The bins are currently being cleared out on Monday and Thursday mornings.

For a list of locations to drop off recyclables, go to the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority's website.

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