PARKERSBURG - After several months of planning and preparation, the Wood County Solid Waste Authority has launched its first website.
"We intended it to be informative, showing folks where they can go to recycle in the community, and educational in that it provides information and refers links for parents, teachers and kids. The site theme - recycling is in your hands - will be carried forward in future ad campaigns," said John Reed, SWA director.
Stonewall Marketing developed, implemented and will maintain the website at www.woodcountyrecycles.com in addition to developing the ad campaign that will be used as the theme for the SWA at a cost of $13,000. Funding for the SWA's budget comes from landfill tipping fees paid by haulers. The funds, which are distributed to the authorities, are to be used for education and recycling activities and programs.
Photo by Pamela Brust
John Reed, Wood County Solid Waste Authority director, looks at the agency’s new website. The website will be updated with new events and information.
"We have never had a website before; it's a first. We got the idea because our office receives so many phone calls on a daily basis from people with questions about where to take used oil, antifreeze, aluminum, metals, you name it for recycling. We felt it would be helpful and convenient for the public to make the information available online. Now they can just look it up on the website," Reed said.
Students from the Community Citizens in Action Program will be providing educational videos that will be highlighted on the website.
"One of the first ones will be how to handle old paint so it can be properly disposed of in the trash," Reed said.
- 13,635 tires, 20 tons of television sets and 50 tons of appliances were disposed at the landfill.
- There were 70,198 tons of residential waste, 48,881 tons of commercial waste, 22,694 tons of industrial waste, 22,421 tons of construction and demolition debris as well as 13,409 tons of industrial sludge.
- Free days at the landfill are the first Saturday of each month, 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Northwestern Landfill accepts only the first 516 pounds of household trash at no charge.
The site has a place to put in your zip code. Lists of trash haulers, disposal and recycling sites pop up for everything from plastics and aluminum cans to oil, car batteries and plastic bags.
Future activities like the April spring cleanup and other events will be listed on the website at the appropriate time.
There are landfill facts, information on the SWA itself, on sustainability and how to contact the SWA.