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Morgan County recycling center named after local volunteer

September 26, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Morgan County Solid Waste Authority will name the recycling center in honor of local resident and volunteer Charlie Biggs, who was instrumental in establishing a recycling program in Morgan County.

The Charles R. Biggs Recycling Center on U.S. 522, north of Eddie's Tire Co., is expected to open before the end of the year, said Bennett Lentczner, who chairs the authority.

"Charlie has led our initiative to establish a recycling center and has worked tirelessly to lead the board through the many challenges this initiative has faced," Lentczner said. "Without his engineering expertise and ability to hear the suggestions of other board members and concerns of the community, we would still be at the wishing stage."

Biggs recently stepped down as an authority board member but will continue to serve on a volunteer consultant basis, Lentczner said.

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Biggs said he learned the new recycling center was to be named in his honor when it was announced at the last meeting.

"I was extremely flattered and really speechless," he said.

He said the members have worked hard toward getting a permanent recycling center, and "I really didn't want to say no if that's what they wanted to do."

Biggs said Thursday that work will begin at the site in about three weeks.

The Morgan County Commission recently approved a $25,000 donation to the Solid Waste Authority to help finance the permanent recycling center. Part of it will be used to purchase the fencing around the center's perimeter.

The authority requested the funding from the commission a few months ago for the fence and other site improvements.

Lentczner said about $20,000 is still needed to fully fund the center.

"However, by delaying a few items until additional funds are realized, we can still open and be fully functional in terms of expanded recycling opportunities for this community," he said.

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