Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Solid Waste Authority OKs DEP Proposal

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

Solid Waste Authority OKs DEP Proposal

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The Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority board passed its grant proposal to the state's Department of Environmental Protection for more than half a million dollars worth of equipment during an emergency meeting on Tuesday morning. While DEP Secretary Randy Huffman said in August the agency's discretionary funds dedicated to the county's recycling efforts could be as much as $500,000, the authority board approved a request of $629,799 for equipment including a roll-off truck ($159,500), a horizontal baler ($185,925) and sort line with conveyors ($134,899), among other items.

"Really we are just looking for bare bones essential equipment. There's nothing fancy about this stuff, said Solid Waste Authority Director James Young.

The agency, along with the Kanawha County Commission, approached DEP for assistance in rehabilitating its recycling program, which was left in limbo last year. Then, George Hunyadi, owner of West Virginia Recycling Services, cut off a joint agreement to operate the Slack Street recycling center. Hunyadi took most of the equipment with him and the building was torn down.

In August, DEP environmental advocate Wendy Radcliff said the county's situation warranted "emergency need. The money is not meant to be the start of a new grant program, at least not at this time.

On Tuesday, Radcliff said via email DEP hopes "to offer assistance as quickly as possible, to the authority. DEP received the solid waste authority's application Tuesday.

Young said the pending grant approval would aid the solid waste authority in becoming more self-reliant. Right now, the agency pays for transportation and processing. With its own truck and baler it could save almost $2,000 each month.

"It's one of those things where it's not going to completely slow the bleeding, but it's going to make a huge difference, Young said.

Also passed on Tuesday was a request for proposals for the proposed roll-off truck. While the grant has not yet been dispersed, Young said he wanted to have the board's approval should DEP approve that portion of the application. …

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