THE Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority is considering a deal in which a private company would run its Slack Street recycling center for a modest fee. The idea is intriguing.
The authority closed the center on March 8 after inspectors found multiple safety problems, including structural issues, with the 100-year-old building.
Since then, the authority has bled money hauling recyclables to Jackson and Raleigh counties.
Kasey Russell, an authority board member, expressed hope that the proposed five-year lease by a subsidiary of Draw Enterprises of Chicago will prove fruitful.
"If the partnership doesn't work, we will be back to our current situation, which none of us can afford," Russell said.
"I hope for all of our sakes, this public/private partnership will be finalized and we really can put a recycling program in place that we can all be proud of."
Recycling is a great idea. Making it work financially is the hard part.
If the lease is approved, here is hoping private enterprise - good old-fashioned capitalism - can succeed where government has not.