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Berkeley, Morgan residents can dispose of unwanted electronics for no charge

Nov. 19 collection planned in Berkeley Springs

South Berkeley site available for drop-off

November 08, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Residents in Berkeley and Morgan counties can dispose of their VCRs and other unwanted electronic devices at no charge thanks to grants recently awarded by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.

In Morgan County, a special one-day electronic collection event will be held on Nov. 19 at the Charlie Biggs Recycling Center at 2990 Valley Road (U.S. 522), officials announced.

The collection event was made possible by a $7,500 grant awarded to the Morgan County Solid Waste Authority through the DEP’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan (REAP).

The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to the public.

An $18,000 grant awarded to the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority allows for the continuation of the county’s electronics collection program at South Berkeley Recycling Center at 637 Pilgrim St. in Inwood.

The South Berkeley drop-off center accepts electronic devices during regular operating hours — Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. No other Berkeley County recycling center currently accepts electronic devices.

The county agencies were among 24 recipients of “covered electronic devices (CED) grants awarded statewide totaling $233,587, according to BCSWA chairman Clint Hogbin.

“These grants will have immediate positive impact on the recycling of electronics in these two counties,” Hogbin said in the release.

Electronic items accepted in the “E-cycling” programs include, but are not limited to; answering machines, camcorders, compact disc players, copiers, cell phones, duplicators, electronic typewriters, fax machines, hard drives, laptops, mainframe computers, mobile phones, modems, pagers, personal computers, monitors,  keyboards, mouse, printers, printed circuit boards, radios, remote controls, stereos, tape players, telephones, telephone equipment, televisions, test equipment, transparency makers, VCRs, word processors and other similar electronic items.

The items will be accepted regardless of age, condition or manufacturer, but participants in the programs must unload the items from their vehicle when visiting the drop-off sites.

Individuals with questions or comments about the Morgan County event can contact the county’s Solid Waste Authority at 304-258-8718.

More information about the Berkeley County Recycling Program, including the location of all centers, is on the Internet at www.berkeleycountyrecycling.com.

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