CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is working with municipalities across the county to solve common problems and work toward as much uniformity as possible in recycling programs.
Earlier this month, the authority organized a meeting of community leaders, dubbed the City/Town Recycling Committee, to discuss how communities can help one another with recycling and what action can be taken to make recycling easier for county residents.
The results of the committee's first gathering were discussed at the authority's monthly meeting Tuesday morning.
"We want to create consistency in the county," Solid Waste Authority Director James Young said.
Currently, state law mandates that cities with more than 10,000 residents provide curbside recycling that takes at least three items. In Kanawha County, Charleston, South Charleston and St. Albans all fit that requirement.
Other cities in the county have also opted to have curbside recycling or another form of collection, including Dunbar, Nitro and a handful of towns in the Upper Kanawha Valley.
The result is that each community has a slightly different way of conducting recycling activities, some more similar than others.
Thus, the committee aims to "see what's working for some (communities) and not for others," Young said, and find opportunities for cooperation.
In some cases, multiple municipalities have similar problems, like dealing with electronic waste, for example.
"Everybody has a problem with e-waste," Young said.
The committee's meeting included representatives from Nitro, Dunbar, Charleston, South Charleston, East Bank and Kanawha County attended the committee meeting, and Young said St. Albans has also expressed interest, but wasn't able to attend.