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Berkeley County's Grapevine Road recycling center improving

When the new loading site opens next month residents will be able to safely drop off commonly recycled items

December 29, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Kevin Whaples, works on stormwater-management improvements for the new loading dock built recently at the Berkeley County Grapevine Road recycling center. The 128-foot, concrete-padded site to be opened early next year improves unloading conditions for customers in inclement weather.
By Matthew Umstead, Staff Writer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Berkeley County's Grapevine Road recycling center is coming of age.

The recent construction of a 128-foot-long loading dock is the latest growth spurt for the Martinsburg-area facility, which accepted glass bottles and metal cans when it opened in 1995. Now, it handles more than a dozen items, including compact fluorescent light bulbs and deer carcasses.

When the new loading site opens next month at 870 Grapevine Road, residents will be able to safely drop off paper and other commonly recycled items because it was built with a 2,500-square-foot concrete pad for easier access for road trailers used in the voluntary recycling program.

"When there's snow on the ground, it's hard to get the snow off the gravel. It's a lot easier to get it off the concrete," said Clint Hogbin, chairman of the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority, or BCSWA.

The new dock also will allow for more items, such as different types of plastic, to be accepted at the recycling center, Hogbin said. The Grapevine Road recycling center is one of two major recycling locations operated by the BCSWA.

Hogbin said the new dock will accommodate 12 road trailers, double the number at the existing structure, which was built with wooden railroad ties about 10 years ago.

The improvement project, which included stormwater management work at the 5-acre recycling center, was made possible by a grant from state Department of Environmental Protection Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan program, Hogbin said.

The $52,000 project was awarded to Butts Contracting Inc., he said.

After the road trailers are moved to the new dock, the old structure will be repaired and other containers for recycling will be positioned there to make it easier for residents to drop off other items, Hogbin said.  

Hogbin said the most popular program at the Grapevine Road recycling center is brush disposal, which is accepted at $5 per truckload.

The Grapevine Road and South Berkeley recycling centers accepted about 5 million pounds of brush last year, Hogbin said.

While not the most popular program, the new deer-carcass recycling program garnered national attention in the world of recycling, Hogbin said.

While the Grapevine Road recycling center does not accept electronics, the items still can be picked up by garbage hauler Apple Valley Waste, which drops them off for recycling at the South Berkeley site, Hogbin said.   

"If you put a TV set out on the curb and Apple Valley picks it up, you may not realize that Apple Valley is bringing it to a recycling center. They're not taking it to the landfill," Hogbin said.

The waste hauler also drops off yard waste and appliances, with or without freon, at the recycling centers after picking the items up at customers' homes, Hogbin said.

The Grapevine Road and South Berkeley recycling centers operate Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the county's recycling services and programs is available at www.berkeleycountycomm.org/links/recycle.cfm.

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