Site of tire fire eyed for recycling center
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
INWOOD, W.Va. - A 10-acre site where 3 million tires caught fire eight years is being considered as the home for a new recycling center, a county official said Sunday.
Hundreds of firefighters from the Tri-State area worked for 36 hours when the tire pile caught fire in September 1993.
The state Department of Environmental Protection spent $6 million cleaning up the site and has owned the property since then, said Clint Hogbin, chairman of the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority.
Now the Solid Waste Authority wants the land to expand its trash recycling service in Inwood.
The Solid Waste Authority currently has a recycling bin, a newspaper recycling bin and a small building to accept mixed paper at Barnhart's grocery store along U.S. 11 in Inwood.
The recycling center, which is open on Mondays and Tuesdays, attracts up to 75 people a day and often turns people away because the bins fill up, said Hogbin.