NEW CUMBERLAND - The county's 20th-annual spring cleanup will be May 7-8 at Tomlinson Run State Park.
Sponsored by Hancock County Commission and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the spring cleanup will be coordinated by the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority.
County residents can bring items to the park at the main parking area by the swimming pool from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 and 8 a.m. to noon May 8, said Mark Vignovic, chairman of the solid waste authority and coordinator of the cleanup event.
Chemicals and pesticides, trash, garbage, yard waste and any material from commercial and industrial establishments will not be accepted, he said.
Acceptable materials include household junk and debris, used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze, scrap metals and old appliances (freon removed); electronic items such as VCRs, televisions, computers, microwaves; old paint; and tires.
Lead acid car batteries will be accepted, as will tires removed from rims. Vignovic stressed tires on rims will not be accepted.
Residents can bring car and light truck tires 16 inches or less and dispose of up to 10 tires per person at no charge with valid West Virginia identification. Vignovic said anyone bringing more than 10 tires per person will be charged $2 per tire.
Vignovic noted residents should separate materials into five groups - tires, paints, electronics, scrap metal and appliances and junk and debris.
To qualify for free disposal of acceptable items, residents must show proof of Hancock County residency and proof they currently dispose of their trash properly by presenting a valid trash bill receipt. Residents who don't subscribe to a trash service will be charged $10 per carload of material and $20 for each truckload delivered to the collection site. Large loads and repeat pickup truckloads will be subject to a minimum $20 fee, Vignovic said.
"County residents are truly lucky in that the Hancock County Commission is one of the few county commissions in West Virginia that routinely sponsors such an event," Vignovic said.
Since the first event in 1991, Vignovic reported 5.8 million pounds of trash and junk, 2.3 million pounds of scrap metal and used appliances and 40,000 tires have been collected. He said in recent years the event has expanded to include the collection of 266,000 pounds of electronic goods, 51,000 gallons of old paints, 11,400 gallons of used oil and 3,100 lead acid batteries.
Vignovic said he is encouraging area residents to take advantage of recycling programs in the area, including the Weirton Mittal Recycling Center, since the Hancock Solid Waste Authority suspended the county recycling program. Recycle boxes are no longer available at the New Cumberland Volunteer Fire Department, he said.
He noted the solid waste authority was forced to suspend the local recycling program because it became cost prohibitive. Nevertheless, he said the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority is investigating ways to reduce its costs so the program can be resumed in the future.
Nearly 3,500 deliveries have been made to the drop-off location since last May, which has resulted in the collection of more than 48 tons of paper, plastic and metal for recycling, Vignovic said. However, transportation costs for the program are nearly $2,500 per month, which equate to nearly $600 per ton of material delivered to the recyclers. He said the $600 per-ton cost is nearly 10 times the cost if the material were disposed of in a landfill.
Vignovic noted that with the New Cumberland location closed, the Weirton recycling site is an alternative for local residents to recycle household materials. Weirton Mittal Recycling Center is a 24-7 site and is located at the corner of Virginia Avenue and West Street.