Preston County considers recycling glass

KINGWOOD — Preston County is looking into glass recycling.

Like most other recycling operations, those in Preston County quit accepting glass sometime ago. At Monday’s county commission meeting, County Administrator Kathy Mace said she plans to contact Randolph County, which recently worked out an agreement with a Pennsylvania firm that will take the glass.

Commissioner Don Smith, who sits on the county solid waste authority, said glass recycling is one of the most common requests the authority receives.

“Glass is just so hard to recycle because literally you lose money on recycling it,” Smith said.

He said in the past, recycling programs made enough money recycling cardboard, paper and metal to absorb the money lost on glass recycling. “But now, with the market going down on those commodities, they can’t afford to do the glass,” Smith said.

He said a couple local companies are also looking at glass recycling. Mace promised a report next week on her findings.

Also at the meeting:

Commissioner Samantha Stone said more than 100 people filled out forms asking the State Division of Highways (DOH) to put fill dirt on their land. She said there’s no guarantee all will get dirt and encouraged people to go to renew their applications at the local DOH after a year.

Mike Hartsell asked commissioners to keep in mind culverts in the Aurora area that need fixed. Stone said she has driven there.

Stone said the DOH will hold a job fair 9 a.m.-2 p.m. April 17 at the Armed Forces Reserve, 12597 River Road, Kingwood. Applications are available at

Bids were opened on the courthouse security project. Three companies bid on both access control and security cameras. Select Security of Morgantown bid $90,534; Morgantown Security & Fire, $96,920; and ProTex of Morgantown, $114,895.56.

Advantage Technology of Clarksburg bid only on the cameras at $135,614.55.

Mace said installation of the new elevator at the courthouse annex will begin this week.

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