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Commission Funds Countywide Cleanup

By Staff | May 4, 2016

The county should begin to look a bit cleaner thanks to a collaborative effort by several local and state agencies.

At its Tuesday, April 26 meeting, the Wetzel County Commission approved a $50,000 funding for a countywide clean-up project.

The countywide clean-up project comes after discussions pertaining to litter issues were held at several of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority meetings.

Mark Cochran, who appeared on behalf of the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority, noted that there would most likely be stumbling blocks within the countywide litter cleanup, but noted that Executive Director of the WCSWA “will do a good job.”

Cochran noted that the employees hired for the program will be required to undergo a safety training. He noted that the WCSWA will work with the Department of Highways, as well as representatives from Adopt A Highway for the purpose. Furthermore, the DOH is expected to provide signage for the project.

Cochran noted that employees will be properly attired, as well as drug-tested.

Tyler noted on Monday, May 2 that the countywide litter clean-up is in thanks to an effort by several agencies, including the Department of Highways, the Department of Environmental Protection, Solid Waste Services, county commission, and the solid waste authority.

In the meantime, Tyler noted that recycling has increased 53 percent since last year. She reported that 250,810 pounds of recycleables has been turned in since July 1, 2015.

Tyler said three roll-offs were gathered at New Martinsville’s cleanup, with the first two weighing over 10,000 pounds.

The Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority’s next meeting will be held this Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m.