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Berkeley County to offer curbside recycling services

The cost of the program will be $10 a month

February 02, 2012

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Effective March 1, Berkeley County residents will have the option to receive curbside recycling services, Apple Valley Waste and the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority (BCSWA) announced this week.

The cost of the program, which was approved by the West Virginia Public Service Commission on Dec. 20, is $10 per month.

Items accepted for recycling include newspapers, office paper, cardboard, mixed paper, aluminum cans, steel cans, green, brown or clear glass bottles, and any plastic containers marked #1 through #7.

Residents participating in the program will be provided a free pair of 35-gallon totes, and items will be picked up twice per month, according to the joint announcement by Apple Valley Waste and BCSWA.

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The curbside program replaces a previous venture offered by AW Recycling, according to the announcement.

The county’s new curbside service is separate from the City of Martinsburg’s state-mandated recycling program.

City residents and business owners are able to recycle glass containers, aluminum and steel cans and newspapers, according to the city’s public works department.

The city’s curbside recycling pick-up schedule is bimonthly — the first and third Wednesday for residents whose garbage is collected on Monday and Thursday, and second and fourth Wednesday for residents whose garbage is collected on Tuesday and Friday.

The city discourages the use of bags or cardboard boxes for recycling containers, which residents and business owners are required to provide.

Participants are encouraged to separate glass by color, but aluminum and steel cans can be placed together. Unlike the county’s program, plastic is not accepted in the city’s program. 

Residents with questions about the county’s new optional program can contact Apple Valley Waste at 304-724-1834 for more information.

Individuals with questions about the city’s curbside recycling program can contact the Martinsburg Public Works Department at 304-264-2126.

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