A task force made up of representatives from local government agencies and businesses met for the first time Wednesday to discuss how to solve Kanawha County's recycling crisis.
They hope to have a solution within 60 days.
The crisis began in March when the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority closed the building at its Slack Street recycling center because of structural issues and the discovery of combustible dust.
The closing caused the authority to cease processing recyclables on site, and the agency soon began to hemorrhage money.
Matt Ballard, Charleston Area Alliance president and chief executive officer, said the 60-day timeframe was "very ambitious."
"This is the type of project that is important enough to set an aggressive timeframe," Ballard said.
"We have important work on our hands," Kanawha County Commissioner Dave Hardy said.
Hardy facilitated the task force's creation.
Norm Steenstra is executive director of the authority but has resigned effective Sept. 26. He briefed task force members about events before and after the closing of the recycling center.
He told them a new "dream" recycling center would cost roughly $3.5 million.