The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority announced four locations Tuesday where empty bottles can be dropped off for recycling.
The locations are as follows:
* Clendenin Town Hall (103 First St.)
* Sissonville Foodland (6406 Sissonville Dr.)
* Cross Lanes United Methodist Church (5320 Frontier Dr.)
* Marmet Recreation Center (8505 MacCorkle Ave.)
Additionally, plastic bottles can always be recycled at West Virginia Recycling Services, located at 600 Slack St. in Charleston.
Industrial recycling company West Virginia Cashin Recyclables, located at 1 Pickens Road in Nitro, has been accepting water bottle drop-offs since the Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston to help with the high volume of recyclable water bottles.
Controller Scott Clark said he is "not sure" whether the company will continue to serve as a water bottle recycling center permanently.
James Young, executive director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, said he has been "overwhelmed" by the amount of water bottles being recycled.
"Definitely in the millions," Young said. "I don't know how to quantify it because it's coming from so many different locations."
Young said he is working closely with Waste Management and the Kanawha County Commission to manage the influx of recycling.
"I know there's 12 million (bottles) in the area, and we knew the people would recycle but we never knew this many people would," Young said. "We're very happy and hope to use this as positive momentum to get people to recycle in the future -- not just plastic, but other recyclable materials as well."
Young offered some suggestions for those interested in dropping off water bottles at one of the locations that can help Waste Management crews better handle the large volumes of water bottles.
* Crush plastic bottles as much as possible, and put them in tied-up large plastic bags, rather than grocery bags, before placing the bags in recycling receptacles.
* Make sure to use receptacles clearly marked for bottled water recycling.
* If a recycling receptacle has overflowed, place recycling bags as close to the Dumpster as possible.
* Call the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority at 304-342-4477 to report an overflowing recycling receptacle.
"Pay attention to these recommendations. It would help us out a lot, and specifically Waste Management as they are picking things up," Young said.
Young said the recycling drop-off locations would remain in place as long as there is increased demand for water bottle recycling. He said he hopes permanent recycling drop-off locations can be established where many people continue using them.