Community recycling structure

From left, Wood County Solid Waste Authority board member Harold Taylor, Rubin’s Property Maintenance owner Rick Rubin, Solid Waste board members Andy Hartleben, Paul Thornton and Bob Buchanan, Parkersburg Sanitation Department Supervisor Ric Deere, Solid Waste Authority Executive Director John Reed and Parkersburg Mayor Tom Joyce cut the ribbon on a new community recycling structure at the city’s recycling center Thursday. Built by Rubin’s Property Maintenance, the shelter covers a dozen large bins where people and businesses from around the county and beyond can deposit cardboard, plastic, paper, aluminum cans and glass 24 hours a day, seven days a week, Reed said. The bins, some of which were first put in place nearly two years ago, divert a significant amount of recyclable material from the landfill, he said. The city empties the bins and sells the material to end users, with the revenue going back into the sanitation fund. The total project — including the shelter, bins and concrete pads — cost about $45,000, provided by the Solid Waste Authority and grants from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Solid Waste Management Board. (Photo by Evan Bevins)
More than 80 tons of mixed paper, cardboard, plastics, aluminum cans, steel cans and glass were collected from July 2018 to May 2019 in recycling bins provided by the Wood County Solid Waste Authority and now covered by a shelter at the Parkersburg Recycling Center, according to city Sanitation Department Supervisor Ric Deere. (Photo by Evan Bevins)