West Virginia briefs

December 27, 2010

Electronics ban in W.Va. landfills starts Saturday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A new ban on the disposal of electronic equipment in West Virginia landfills starts next weekend.

Beginning Saturday, televisions, computers and electronic devices with video screens 4 inches and larger cannot be put in landfills. The Legislature approved the ban earlier this year.

The state Solid Waste Management Board has been working since 2002 to divert electronic scrap from landfills through various collection efforts. The board says 7.3 million pounds of electronic scrap has been collected through various collection drives in the past eight years.

Two options for Christmas tree recycling
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority is offering county residents two options for recycling organic Christmas trees.

No. 1: Free Drop Off: The Grapevine Road Recycling Center and the South Berkeley Recycling Center will be accepting trees at no charge, effective immediately.

Both centers are open Tuesday through Saturday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To find more information on the Berkeley County Recycling Program call 304-267-9370  (office) or the Recycling Hotline at 304-671-2925. Internet users can learn more by visiting our webpage at:

No. 2: Voluntary Curbside Pickup: Apple Valley Waste Services is offering a voluntary Christmas tree curbside pickup program for the month of January. The cost for the pickup service is $10 per tree. Apple Valley Waste Services will donate half of the proceeds from the voluntary Christmas tree curbside collection to the Boys & Girls Club of the Eastern Panhandle; Martinsburg - Berkeley County Unit.

Berkeley County must call Apple Valley Waste at 304-267-1280 during business hours to schedule the pickup. Apple Valley will recycle the trees at the Grapevine Road Recycling Center.

To qualify, the Christmas tree must be organic and have all lights, ornaments, tinsel, wire, stands and all other forms of decoration removed. A good rule of thumb is to return the tree to the same natural state in which it was purchased. Each tree will be inspected by recycling center staff before it is accepted.

SU gets three-year award for $81,000
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University recently received a three-year award from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission Division of Science and Research and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR) for $81,000.

The grant was secured by Colleen Nolan, dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and professor of biology.

The project targets increasing preparedness and the number of students pursuing graduate training in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines, according to a news release from Shepherd. This is the first time Shepherd has been awarded this grant.

Nolan said that the grant will be used for student research, travel, and presentation of research, and will also aid in the mentoring of students and provide support to fund supplies.

Nolan said funds will be distributed by actively recruiting students from STEM disciplines at Shepherd. Students who apply for funding will be chosen based on a selection committee.

"It provides a great opportunity for our students," Nolan said. "It allows them to do research early on in their field and encourages them to continue with research either in undergraduate or graduate school.

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