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Solid Waste Authority hears about youth program opportunities

KINGWOOD — Preston County Solid Waste Authority board members met in regular session Wednesday evening.

The agenda included a visit by Jo Ann Snoderly, Youth Environmental Program District 1 Coordinator. The program is sponsored by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and provides opportunities for West Virginia youth to participate in environmental projects within their communities.

Snoderly, whose office is in Fairmont, said District 1 covers Brooke, Hancock, Harrison, Marion, Marshall, Monongalia, Ohio, Preston, Taylor and Wetzel counties.

According to the brochure, “the program provides incentive to various youth groups to actively participate in environmental projects. It creates an interest and enthusiasm for preserving out natural resources, with more than $15,000 in cash and other awards including a college scholarship.”

Interested youth groups can become involved in the Youth Environmental Program by enrolling. To enroll go to www.dep.wv.gov and click Youth Environmental Protection under “Inside DEP.” Click on the enroll now button at the top of the page. There is no obligation and no cost. Or contact Snoderly at 304-333-0231 or email at JoAnn.R.Snoderly@WV.gov.

In other business, the Preston County e-cycling event will be held from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 19, at the old Preston Memorial Hospital Site.

At its April meeting, Board President Don Smith said only one bid was received and it was from Tri State Escrap in Cleves, Ohio. He said PC Renewal, who has bid on the event in the past, indicated they “didn’t feel comfortable bidding that far out.”

A full list of items that will be accepted by Escrap will be available at a later date.

Earlier, Smith said moving the e-cycling event to the new location last year made dropping off items go more smoothly. Traffic can come up Price Street and veer off to the hospital lot and go back out the same way.

Last year, 2 tons of electronics were collected during the e-cycling event. This didn’t include the CRT’s that were collected and taken to the landfill.

The next meeting of the Preston County Solid Waste Authority will be at 7 p. m. July 5.