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AC units will be accepted at W.Va. recycling center

March 22, 2007

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Air conditioners will be accepted from Berkeley County residents for recycling at the South Berkeley Recycling Center, County Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin announced this week.

"Effective immediately, the (Inwood, W.Va., center) will accept, free of charge, portable 'window' air conditioners containing chlorofluorocarbons (CFC)," Hogbin said in a news release.

"The units can be of any age, condition or manufacturer," he said.

CFCs are an ozone layer-depleting material unique to certain consumer grade items containing cooling elements and is commonly called "freon," Hogbin added.

These items are not accepted for disposal at area landfills and are commonplace in roadside dumps, Hogbin said.

All air conditioners will be inspected by the recycling center staff prior to being accepted and they have the right to reject any unit not considered acceptable, Hogbin said.


The South Berkeley Recycling Center is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday and is closed on posted holidays.

Any questions or comments concerning the program should be forwarded to the authority's office at 304-267-9370 or the Berkeley County Recycling Hotline at 304-671-2925 or by e-mail at

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