City of Buckhannon awarded $50,000 for new recycling truck

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BUCKHANNON, W. Va. (WDTV) - Out with the old In with the new. That's what the city of Buckhannon is looking forward when it comes to their recycling initiatives.

The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will fund half of a new recycling truck the city says will be more efficient.

We're thrilled to get that help for that needed equipment and truck is over 10 years old and so it's been breaking down quite often," said Callie Cronin Sams, Information Coordinator and Grant Writer.

Officials from the Rehabilitative Environmental Action Plan Recycling Grants program presented the city with the $50,000 grant, last week.

"It's going to allow us to be more efficient in getting out and getting recycling a little faster from the Crossroads and Mud Lick recycling centers, as well as the businesses in towns and the residential areas," she said.

While the new equipment is being funded in half, city officials say the rest won't come out of residents' pockets.

"It just be built into our Waste Board Management. They of course have to allocate some money every year for equipment purchases," she said.

The city is also hosting a social media campaign they hope will get more people caring about what goes into their trash.

The city posted a picture on Facebook, showing some residents already jumping into action.

"We're doing our hashtag #BuckhannonRecycles, our social media campaign, to get the word out recycling, whether you're new to recycling or you've been doing it for years and years, we encourage you to take a photo of you putting your recycling out," she said.