Appliance recycling set in Berkeley County

April 24, 2007|by MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Washers, dryers, refrigerators and air conditioners are among several household appliances the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority will accept next month as part of special recycling program event, Authority chairman Clint Hogbin announced Monday.

At no cost to residents, the Solid Waste Authority's South Berkeley and Grapevine Road recycling centers during the month of May will accept all metal household appliances of any age, make or condition, such as dryers, washers and hot water heaters for recycling, Hogbin said.

Consumer grade items that contain freon, such as air conditioners, refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners and dehumidifiers, also will be accepted.

"These units are not accepted for disposal at the area landfills and unfortunately are common place in roadside dumps," Hogbin said.

Federal environment protection rules prohibit the discharge of freon into the atmosphere.

To be accepted, the units must have all items such as food waste removed.

"A good rule of thumb is to return the unit to the same state in which it was purchased, Hogbin said.


Each unit will be inspected by the recycling center staff and the Solid Waste Authority reserves the right to reject any unit not considered acceptable by staff.

The Berkeley County Recycling Program operates under the guidance of the Berkeley County Recycling Ordinance and was developed as an effort to conserve landfill space and to continue the gradual implementation of the West Virginia Recycling Act, Hogbin said. The recycling program is jointly by the Berkeley County Commission and the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority.

The May event is a cooperative effort between the BCSWA, Zuckerman Co. Inc. of Winchester, Va., Hummer Enterprises of Berkeley County, the Berkeley County Commission and the West Virginia Pollution, Prevention and Open Dump program.

Individuals with questions or who want additional information about the Solid Waste Authority's recycling programs may contact the agency's office at 267-9370 or the Berkeley County Recycling Hotline at 671-2925 or send e-mail to

More information about the Berkeley County Recycling Program also is available on the Internet at

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