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West Virginia Recycling Efforts and Waste Resources

West Virginia struggling to boost recycling rates

The West Virginia Recycling Act set goals to achieve 20% waste reduction by 1994, 30% by 2000 and 50% by 2010. The state hasn’t been able to meet these goals, and there are many reasons why:

  • Low population density makes it hard to establish profitable recycling facilities
  • Limited reporting requirements for cities and towns across the state makes it difficult to track recycling efforts and determine how to improve it
  • Limited local markets to purchase the recyclables
  • Lack of incentives to local governments and private companies looking to setup a recycling operation

Overcoming these limitations will be difficult to say the least. However, the environmental benefits and market value of recyclables need to prevail.

***The West Virginia Recycling Plan states that the market value of all recyclable materials in the waste stream is over $193 million per year. That’s a lot of dough rotting away in landfills.

A job-maker

Recycling offers economic gains – in the form of jobs -- in addition to its inherent environmental benefits. Check out what the EPA states about the recycling industry:

For every 10,000 lbs. of waste disposed of in landfills, there is only 1 job created. On the other hand, the same amount of waste processed at recycling facilities creates 10 recycling-related jobs or 75 material reuse jobs.

Recycling benefits:

  • New jobs, more money flowing through the state and local economies
  • Fewer landfills, illegal dumping sites, and less need for virgin materials to manufacture new products

Don’t do this with your garbage or wastes…

  1. Burn it
  2. Bury it
  3. Dump on the side of the road
  4. Create an open dump on your property

According to the Mandatory Disposal section of the West Virginia Municipal Code, getting rid of waste in these ways are illegal and could net you “severe” penalties.

Read all the rules and laws governing solid waste in WV

What about special wastes?

Special wastes include, but is not limited to asbestos, batteries, electronics, tires, automobile fluids, household hazardous wastes (e.g., cleaners), and thermostats.

This type of waste should not get mixed in with other garbage and debris. Visit the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board website to get the info you need.

Tips for renting a roll-off dumpster in West Virginia

5 most common dumpster styles

Commercial dumpsters – Businesses use these dumpsters for weekly or monthly garbage hauling service. They are not for temporary use.

Roll-off dumpsters – These are the containers you rent for temporary uses, such as household cleanouts, roofing projects or commercial construction.

Trailer dumpsters – Used by some dumpster rental companies, these trailers are used similarly to roll-off dumpsters but are different in that they are on wheels – this offers the benefit of being easier on your driveway.

Bag-style containers – These small bins are made from durable fabrics and plastics and range in size from 1 to 3 cubic yards and hold less than 2 tons of debris. The “Bagster” container is one such dumpster.

Lowboy dumpsters – Similar to traditional roll-off dumpsters but with low sides, making it ideal for loading heavier debris, such as dirt, roofing material, concrete, tiles and masonry.

Information about dumpster rental weight limits and overage charges

Dumpster rental providers typically put a cap on the amount of weight you can load into a dumpster due to the fact it costs them more money to dump heavier loads at local landfills. This weight limit can range from 1 ton (2,000 lbs.) to 8 tons (16,000 lbs.) or more.

Overage fees typically range between $50 per ton and $100 per ton. For example, if the weight allowance is 2,000 lbs. and your load weighs in at 2,500 lbs., you’d owe an additional 1 ton of overage charges at the $50 to $100 rate, or whatever rate your dumpster rental agreement specifies.

TIP: Be particularly careful of going over the allotted weight limit when dealing with heavier debris, such as concrete, roofing shingles, dirt or masonry.