Huntington to Expand Recycling Efforts, Looks To Ohio For Guidance

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Fourteen months into its recycling program, the city of Huntington is already looking to expand.

"We've been pleasantly surprised by the response," says Tom Bell with the Huntington Municipal Development Authority. "We have an employee that goes around and cleans up around the bins. Sometimes they'll move recyclables to another location because one bin's filled to capacity.

City leaders in involved in the program are also looking for expertise and help to improve it. Huntington has been in contact with the Lawrence-Scioto Solid Waste Authority in Ironton, Ohio.

"They operate a very successful program," Bell said. "We've talked to them about fundraising and how to best use security cameras to help
with illegal dumping."

The Cabell Huntington Health Department has been using cameras since spring 2010 to catch illegal dumpers.

"We're catching people, and we're prosecuting," says Mike Stacey with the Cabell-Huntington Health Department.

A citation can mean upward of a $500. fine. The health department is looking at ways to secure more surveillance cameras, including new ones with with wireless technology.

"They're definitely a deterrent," Stacey said. "We've caught people, and the more you catch, the more the word's getting out."

In Cabell County, the recycling bins are located in the following locations:

  • Parking Lot at Kroger, 19 West 7th Ave.

  • Big Sandy Superstore Arena, parking lot across from 7th Street

  • Cabell Huntington Health Department, 703 7th Ave.

  • Parking lot of Joan C. Edwards Stadium

  • Kroger, 2627 5th Ave.

  • Adams Trucking, 3700 U.S. 60 East, Barboursville

  • Perry Morris Square U.S. 60, Milton

The materials do not have to be sorted. Glass and plastic bags are not accepted.

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