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County to start recycling program

February 24, 1997

By DAVE McMILLION

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Berkeley County officials say they will soon begin a recycling program for yard waste in the county.

The program is being forced by a new state law that prohibits yard waste such as leaves and grass clippings from being disposed in landfills, said Berkeley County Commissioners President Jim Smith.

The new law went into effect Jan. 1, Smith said.

To start the program, the commissioners Thursday gave $13,309 to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority. The money will be used to purchase yard waste collection equipment and to set up a waste collection area at the old Berkeley County Landfill off Grapevine Road, Smith said.

Once the service is established, homeowners in the county will be able to dispose yard waste in bins at the landfill, Smith said.

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County officials say they have talked to several people in the area who may be interested in taking the material, including Jefferson County farmer Lyle "Cam" Tabb. Tabb operates a large recycling facility at his Leetown farm where cow manure and yard waste are combined to make compost.

The project is expected to be completed in April, county officials said.

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