Brooke SWA schedules tire, electronic collection day

FOLLANSBEE – The Brooke County Solid Waste Authority will team next week with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Action Plan program to collect discarded electronic devices and tires from Brooke County residents.

The board on Tuesday discussed the collection, slated from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 3 at the solid waste authority’s recycling center on Mac Barnes Drive off state Route 2 south of Beech Bottom.

All participants must show proof they are county residents.

Items that will be accepted include answering machines, computer copiers, cellular phones, CD and DVD players, VCRs, camcorders, calculators, digital cameras, electric typewriters, electric wire fax machines, video game systems, hard drives and computer equipment, microwave ovens, projectors, pagers, radios, remote control devices, stereos, televisions and telephones.

Items that won’t be accepted are washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, hot water tanks, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioning units, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers or any type of light bulbs or ballast, smoke detectors or household or commercial batteries.

Tires will be limited to 10 per person and must be off their rims, from cars or light trucks only and with a radius of 16.5 inches or less. Tires from businesses won’t be accepted.

Those not able to participate in the collection may bring electronic devices to the recycling center any time between 8 a.m. and noon weekdays.

Those with questions should call the solid waste board’s office at (304) 527-3947.

The board also scheduled a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. June 24 at its office, 231 Rockdale Road. The next regular quarterly meeting will be on July 22, but Glenn Kocher, board chairman, has resigned and he asked if the board wanted to meet once more before his term ends on July 1.

Kocher has served on the board for 20 years and nearly all of them as its chairman.

Prior to the meeting, he recalled he was approached by the late Harry Reitter to fill a vacancy on the board. He intended to serve just one four-year term, he said.

“There were some tough times and some good times,” Kocher said. He noted early in his tenure the board became involved in a lawsuit filed by the state Attorney General’s Office alleging the Brooke County Landfill had created odor that rose to the level of a public nuisance.

Kocher, in 2010, was named the West Virginia Association of Solid Waste Authorities’ Volunteer of the Year for his involvement in developing the county’s recycling program.

The program grew from an aluminum can collection at the Brooke County Opportunity Center to Dumpsters for plastics, metal and paper at several Brooke County sites and the establishment of the recycling center on property donated by the Windsor Coal Co.

Kocher also encouraged students at local schools to participate in state contests promoting recycling by involving the board in naming local winners and awarding prizes.

In addition to serving as director of the state Association of Solid Waste Authorities, Kocher was mayor of Follansbee from 1989-93.

In other business:

The board authorized Recycling Director Becky Harlan to apply for a $20,000 grant from the state Solid Waste Management Board for a proposed collection of hazardous household materials, such as cleaning products, some automotive fluids and paints, and operational expenses for the recycling program.

Harlan said $20,000 is the most the board may seek.

Kocher said it may not receive the full amount, noting the most recent grant awarded was about $13,000.

Kocher said a portable ramp has arrived for the recycling center but it wasn’t the model the board had ordered, so the vendor will be contacted about the error and the $6,500 bill won’t be paid until that’s resolved.

Board officials said the ramp will enable staff to more easily load recyclable materials onto trucks that transport it to recycling businesses.

Its cost is being funded from part of an $84,619 grant from the state Division of Environmental Protection’s R.E.A.P. program.

The board depends on alternating grants from the R.E.A.P. program and state Solid Waste Management Board for the collection, transport and temporary storage of metal, plastic and paper collected at its recycling bins.