BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Charles R. Biggs recycling center officially opened Monday and a steady stream of cars with cans, glass, newspaper and plastic for the recycling bins impressed Bennett Lentczner, who chairs the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority.
"This is amazing," he said of the cars lined up to drop off their recyclables. "The public response is fantastic."
Del. Daryl E. Cowles, R-Morgan/Hampshire, who was on hand for the opening, said Gov. Joe Manchin and his family have supported a recycling program for a long time. He said a $44,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Protection came through the state to help get the recycling program established in Morgan County.
Morgan County Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said town and county officials helped to get the center off to a good start.
Swaim said "until about a year ago, I was not on board" with the idea of recycling. Then he read the statistic that the average American generates four pounds of solid trash per day for a grand total of 1,460 pounds per year. "Although Americans represent roughly 5 percent of the world's population, we generate 40 percent of its waste," he said.