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Kanawha County sees boom in recycling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Recycling has increased so quickly over the last few months that West Virginia Recycling Services Director George Hunyadi has hired seven new full-time employees and expanded to two shifts.

Combined with the two employees that started with Hunyadi and five part-time employees who have also been hired, the recycling operation on Slack Street now employs 14 people, Hunyadi told Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board members Tuesday.

The recycling center has added a second shift to help process material. Residents can now drop off items 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, Hunyadi said.

Hunyadi said work continues with municipalities, organizations and businesses to help increase capacity at the recycling center.

"There's all kinds of momentum in the cities," he said.

The company took over the recycling facility from the county earlier this year, turning it into a private operation. In return, the authority receives a percentage of the company's revenues.

Hunyadi also said accepting glass at the recycling center hasn't posed any problems. The facility resumed taking glass at the beginning of June.

"It's a commodity that should come out of the landfill stream," said Board Vice Chairman Rod Watkins.

In other business, the authority discussed the status of its rebranding and website development efforts. Currently, a design firm, Auge+Gray Collective Works is helping redesign the authority's website and develop a logo and brand identity for the authority.

The goal of the rebranding effort is to tie recycling efforts throughout Kanawha County together. Solid Waste Authority Director James Young said the new logo could be used on recycling bins throughout the county, for example, making it easier for the public to identify places to recycle. The rebranding effort will also include new marketing and outreach activities by the Solid Waste Authority.

"There's got to be some sort of communication and engagement," said board member Kasey Russell, who is also on Charleston city council.

The effort will likely be implemented over the next few months.

Contact writer Matt Murphy at Matt.Murphy@dailymail.com or 304-348-4817.

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