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Solid Waste Authority Praises Public for Program’s Success

By Staff | Aug 5, 2015

Terri Tyler and Mark Cochran of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority provided the Wetzel County Commission with an update Tuesday, July 28, regarding the the county’s recycling program.

Cochran credited the program’s success to the people involved in it. He said if it were not for the public bringing their recyclables to the collection point every Saturday, “The program could not exist, let alone by successful.”

Furthermore, Cochran credited the crew working every Saturday to collect and sort the materials.

“We’re fortunate to have a stellar crew, and I’d like to mention them by name,” he said, giving credit to Andrew Howell, Chris Carder, Amy Petin, Brennan Petin, Kenna Petin, Ed Estep, and Danny Tyler. “All of them actively engage in looking for ways to improve the collection and sorting process to make things safer and more efficient. Danny Tyler goes the extra mile to search out ways to make the operation smoother and safer and to expand the amount collected.”

He added that Terri Tyler is “the very capable administrator” of the recycling effort, “attending to the many details that arise day after day and week after week.

“She does an excellent job, and I’m grateful she serves as the Executive Director,” Cochran added.

Future goals involve expanding the collection process beyond the current single location at 250 North Street in New Martinsville.

“We’d like to be collecting out the Shortline,” said Cochran. “That’s our next big goal, to get set up in the area. It’s a question of funding, of resource allocation, and logistics.”

Between recycling programs at schools and the Saturday collection, the WCSWA collected 209,129.3 pounds of material throughout the last fiscal year. For the E Day Collection, 49,203 pounds were collected, and the 2014 tire collection yielded 3,684 tires.

“The numbers are not going down,” Tyler reported.

It was also reported that the WCSWA is currently working with the city to make improvements to the Brooklyn area of New Martinsville. Tyler said the authority is working with Councilman Jeremy Shepherd on the initiative and progress is being made with the plans.

In another matter for the authority, Tyler reported that WCSWA is currently working on obtaining another grant in order to buy another truck to travel the Reader and Shortline area.