Raleigh County aids environment with recycling program

Raleigh County

For those who have not noticed yet, the recycling bins in front of SAM’s Club in Beckley are no longer there.

According to the business, they were being use improperly; however, there is no need to worry because there are many other places to recycle around Raleigh County.

Director of Education for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority, Sherri Hunter, said it is important to reduce, reuse and recycle. By following these ‘Four R’s,’ Hunter said someone can make a big difference. 

Many of the products that are used everyday can be used over and over again. Once a person starts, Hunter said it becomes a hobby the earth will appreciate.

“People become very passionate about participating in recycling, that’s the one thing you can do. We only have one mother earth,” Hunter said.

Raleigh County has more than 12 locations where residents can drop off recycling: Ghent Elementary, St. Francis DeSales School, Independence Middle School, Greater-Beckley Christian School, iHeart Church, ACT, Erma Byrd Higher Education Center, Trap Hill Middle School, United Methodist THE PLACE, Beckley Elementary, SS Peter & Paul, Beaver Volunteer Fire Department, Bradley Volunteer Fire Department and The Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority.

People who live in Beckley can sign up to be a part of a curb-side recycling program by calling the Board of Public Works at 304-256-1740.

Those who work at the Recycling Center for the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority said it is important to be mindful of what is put in the recycling bin.

Director of Recycling, Lisa Suggs, said they see a lot of people putting the wrong items into the recycling bin. Items like baby diapers, paint cans and toilet seat covers, do not belong. Suggs also said she encourages people to recycle, but the right way. If the wrong items are thrown in, Suggs said they can contaminate the rest.

“That means that whole load that other people have put their recycling into has to all go to the landfill, so we try to educate about contamination,” Suggs said.

For a full list of items that can and cannot be recycled, visit http://raleigh-swa.org/.

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