Marion County Recycling Centers Overwhelmed With Materials

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Recycling is still a work in progress in many parts of West Virginia but one county is making it easier for people to do their part.

Right now, the Marion County Solid Waste Authority is overflowing.

“Recycling is big in Marion County right now. We’re struggling to keep up actually,” said Bobbi Benson, Executive Director of the MCSWA.

That is because this is where all recycled materials go for the whole county. People can drop off recyclables at sites like the location in Worthington. Eight more facilities are located throughout Marion County, but curbside pickup is only available within Fairmont city limits.

“Right now, it’s just too big of a project even for republic services, from my understanding, to go curbside in the rural areas of Marion County and that’s why we have our sites throughout the county and the different locations,” said Benson.

Facility workers are trying to keep up now that they are receiving Monongalia County’s recyclables too.

Benson said she wants to open more drop-off sites to keep up with the demand.

“We’ve applied for several grants, some of them asking for money for bins. That’s the only thing that’s holding us up really from starting new locations,” said Benson.

Anyone is welcome to use the sites, even if they live outside of Marion County. They are open 24/7, making it easy for people to drop off materials.

County commissioners said everyone should make use of the resources.

“The benefit mostly is the litter,” explained Marion County Commission President Randy Elliott. “You keep the litter off the roads and off the sides of roads and to recycle keeps the landfills a lot less time needs to go into them so its very important that we do recycle.” 

The Marion County Solid Waste Authority is also working on anti-littering campaign that will start this summer.

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