CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Kanawha County residents should start seeing more information about recycling options after the Solid Waste Authority was awarded $14,800 in grant money for educational materials and educational conference expenses.
Executive Director James Young said the biggest problem he has experienced since taking the job is the lack of information available to average residents about recycling.
Therefore, the bulk of the grant money the authority received will go to printed materials like postcards that will be mailed to homes across the county. Each postcard will have recycling locations and options specific to the municipality or area where the postcard is mailed.
"We want to cover all different locations possible," he said.
In addition, the authority will create pamphlets, brochures and magnets, among other materials, to distribute, all with the goal of informing residents about how to recycle. Young said the campaign has the potential to reach 120,000 people.
"It's part of a comprehensive approach to get information in people's hands," he said.
An effort to rebrand the authority also is underway. It includes a new website and logo design and is planned to make finding recycling information simpler for the general public.
The state Solid Waste Management Board administered the grant, and Kanawha's was one of 31 recycling authorities across the state to receive funding.
The Putnam County Solid Waste Authority received $6,500 as part of the same round of awards. Those funds are marked for "educational conference expenses, advertising for county cleanup, e-cycling hauling fees and fork truck rental for cleanups."
Boone County received $12,000 for tires and fuel; Jackson County received $6,000 for fuel and equipment maintenance; and Lincoln County received $12,800 for transportation of recyclables, wages, educational brochures and insurance.