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Funding approved for recycling plastics

August 26, 2010|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The Morgan County Commission unanimously approved giving $3,000 to the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority to ensure that the county will continue recycling plastics.

The Morgan County Forum for Arts, Sciences and Technologies (FAST) agreed to give $2,000 to the authority to print and distribute information to inform the public about the benefits of recycling if the commission would match $3,000 to pay for the processing and hauling of plastics, authority chairman Bennett Lentczner said.

He said people were upset to learn that plastics were not going to be recycled because of costs.

When the Winchester, Va., consolidation company that takes the plastics learned about the county's plan, they reduced the hauling costs, Lentczner said.

Lentczner said he was told new equipment was being considered, and the company "needs the volume" and wants Morgan County to continue recycling plastics.

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He said with the new equipment, the plastics no longer will need to be sorted, which will reduce the authority's labor costs.

"We need to help match it, even though the pot is about empty," Commissioner Thomas R. Swaim said before the vote.

"When a matching grant is involved, we try to work with the organization," Commission President Brenda J. Hutchinson said.

Swaim asked Lentczner how the recycled plastics were used.

Lentczner said plastics are recycled into building materials and plastic containers, "and other kinds of building materials, which is good news."

He said the authority takes all plastics, even the old, broken plastic chairs.

"Our goal is to get stuff reused somewhere to keep it out of the landfill," Lentczner said.

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