Randolph County glass recycling program serving as a model for other counties

ELKINS, W. Va. (WDTV) - Clear, brown, and green glass bottles fill up these recycling containers at the City of Elkin's old Wastewater Plant. For about a year, more people have been using these services.

"Results speak for themselves, people want to recycle glass," said Elkins councilman Rob Chenoweth.

On Thursday, Clark Martin, president of the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority was stunned to see the amount of brown glass stacked in the one of the containers. He says this is thanks to residents and businesses.

"A lot of restaurants, also i'll say taverns, which are taking advantage of it," said Martin.

The West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board asked the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority for guidance, in order to spread this program to other counties across the state.

'We were recently contacted by Wayne county, southern part of the state, and we're expecting to get a few more," he said.

One of their plans is to work with companies in bordering states that can pick up these recycled items out of West Virginia.

"That's within a three hour drive and suddenly it doesn't look as bad for them to come up to Wayne County, Boone County, Mingo County," he said.

Elkins officials say they want to continue and expand the current recycling program as more people continue to use it everyday.

"It's a city that it's not a requisite size to have mandatory recycling requirements so this is done based on desire," said Chenoweth.

Their hours of operation are:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Sunday: closed