Wood County Solid Waste expands Borrow-a-Bin program

Wood County Assessor Chief Deputy Andy Hartleben, left, and County Commissioner Blair Couch, both members of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority Board of Directors, stand with the new trailer and trash and recycling bins the authority purchased to provide to local events, expanding the availability of the items under the Borrow-a-Bin program. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The purchase of additional equipment will help the Wood County Solid Waste Authority’s Borrow-a-Bin program meet demand on busy weekends.

According to a news release from Solid Waste Director John Reed, the authority’s board purchased a trailer and equipped it to supply 20 bins — 10 for trash and 10 for recycling — for smaller events.

The Borrow-a-Bin program started eight years ago and allows organizations holding events to have 40 recycling and 40 trash bins delivered, with bags at no charge, to their event. The popularity of the program occasionally results in too many requests to fill all the needs, Reed said in the release.

“Typically, there is only one large event each weekend, and when a second ones calls in it is usually a smaller event,” he said.

Before the Borrow-a-Bin program was established eight years ago, recyclable items were being thrown in the trash at events and headed for the landfill with the rest of the garbage, Reed said. The program provided an avenue to recycle paper and plastic products and aluminum cans, helping reduce the amount of material going to the landfill from fairs and festivals by about 80 percent, he said.

Units can be reserved on a first-call basis by contacting Reed at 304-424-1873.