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Recycling project put on hold due to lack of funds

Clean Up Day suggested as memorial for Mike Pase

KINGWOOD — A proposed Glass recycling project for Preston County has been put on hold.

At their June meeting members of the Preston County Solid Waste Board voted  to submit an application for a West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection recycling grant for a GP-05L system.

 Don Smith, who represents the Preston County Commission on the board said he wrote the grant but didn’t submit it. He said  the Terra Alta Town Council called  him and indicted they  couldn’t do glass recycling at this time. 

Terra Alta recorder John Trembly said the town would like to do the project but doesn’t have the discretionary funds to do it at this time.

He said a recycling project he would like to see implemented would also result in glass collecting.

“I would like to see the state  coordinate with neighboring states and offer a five or 10 cent deposit on bottles,” Trembly said. “People would bring them in.”  

The grant Smith wrote  was for a GP-05L system that costs $104,210, and was to be housed at the Terra Alta recycling center.

 Because the machine is 35 feet long and about 14 feet wide, an addition would have to be built onto the town’s recycling building to house it.

“I’ll hold the paperwork until next year and if it so happens we will go with it,” he said about the recycler.

 In other business, board members discussed holding a Preston County Cleanup Day as a memorial in memory of Mike Pase who served on the board.

 Smith suggested reaching out to the Rotary Club, Friends of Cheat and the Lions Club to see if they would be willing to partner on the project.

“We could give an award for the most litter picked up,” he said.  

Secretary Peggy Pase suggested  a first, second and third place award should be offered.

“Maybe an Amazon gift card and take before and after pictures,” Smith said.

No further action was taken.

Smith said  e-cycling is scheduled to be held  from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 22 at the Preston County Civic Center.

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