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Berkeley County honors 'recycling champion'

November 24, 2008|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. --Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority board member Edgar Mason was recognized Thursday for being named a "recycling champion" by the Recycling Coalition of West Virginia.

In a presentation held Thursday at the Berkeley County Commission meeting, Solid Waste Authority Chairman Clint Hogbin saluted Mason's commitment to developing recycling programs for plastic bags, yard waste, plastic bottles and other projects in 16 years of volunteer service on the board.

Hogbin said Mason pursued the development of a plastic bag recycling service for four years until a pilot program was finally launched in September.

Commissioner Ronald K. Collins likened Mason's persistence with expanding recycling programs to a bulldog.

"He has taken hold of this and has stayed with it," Collins said.

Last year, more than 3,000 tons of material were received by the county's recycling program, up from about 500 tons in 1995, Hogbin said.

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More information about the county's recycling programs is available at www.berkeleycountycomm.org/services/recycling-plans.cfm.

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