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Berkeley County offers recycling of clothes, shoes, books

February 01, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, in cooperation with a nonprofit organization, is offering residents the opportunity to recycle unwanted clothes, shoes and books, Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin announced.

The authority partnered with Planet Aid, a registered charity, to offer the service at the Grapevine Road and South Berkeley recycling centers, Hogbin said in a news release.

To be accepted, items should be placed in a tied plastic bag and placed in one of the large yellow containers at the recycling centers, Hogbin said. Any book (hardbound or paperback) can be deposited directly in a recycling bin at the sites, Hogbin said. Both centers are open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to its Web site (www.planetaid.org), Planet Aid is dedicated to protecting the environment and creating sustainable development in Africa and Asia.

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The organization collects and recycles used clothing and shoes in 19 states. Items donated to Planet Aid are resold and proceeds are used to support education, community development and HIV/AIDS programs in Asia and Africa, according to the Web site.

For more information about the Berkeley County Recycling Program, go to www.berkeleycountycomm.org/recycling.htm; call the Solid Waste Authority at 304-267-9370 or the Berkeley County Recycling hotline at 304-671-2925.

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