2017-11-15 / Front Page

Recycling center to stop taking glass, some plastics

by Kate Shunney

Many hard plastics, like some shown here, won’t be accepted at the Morgan County recycling center after December 11. Many hard plastics, like some shown here, won’t be accepted at the Morgan County recycling center after December 11. Higher hauling fees from recycling vendors will result in fewer items being accepted at Morgan County’s recycling center.

Starting on Monday, December 11, the Charles R. Biggs Recycling Center will no longer accept any glass items or plastics #3-7, the Solid Waste Authority decided at their November 8 meeting.

“Market conditions have simply made the decision unavoidable and the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority has no choice but to join other recycling centers across the nation that face the same dilemma,” said Board Chair Judy Fisher.

Board members said the Center has paid to have glass and plastic hauled away for years. The market for recycled glass and some plastics has been poor for some time.

“The changed market and reduction in demand for these materials, the hauler has increased the charge to transport these materials by more than 62%,” the Solid Waste Authority said in a press release about the changes.

The Authority “simply doesn't have the means to continue to cover this expense,” they said.

Board member Pete Gordon said the local authority must deal with a $7,000 cut from the state’s Solid Waste board, in addition to a lower demand for recycled goods.

“This wasn’t an easy decision for us, but one we had to make in order to stay within our budget,” said Fisher.

Until the change takes effect, the center takes clear, green and brown glass.

After December 11, plastic collections will be restricted to number 1 and number 2 plastics. Most beverage bottles, from water to soda and milk bottles, and detergent bottles will still be taken.

Residents should check other plastic items, such as food packaging, to determine if they can be taken for recycling. Items are labeled on the bottom to show what type of plastic they contain. Anything labeledwitha1or2 will be accepted at the center.

Hard plastic, such as toys and plastic outdoor chairs, won’t be collected once the change is in effect.

Plastic shopping bags can be recycled at local grocery stores, said recycling center officials.

The recycling center is open Mondays and Fridays, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. The Solid Waste Authority can be reached at 304-258-8718.

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