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Free or low-cost recycling approved

September 29, 2018

HUNTINGTON — Cabell County commissioners on Thursday approved a proposal to eventually give free or low-cost recycling to approximately 1,650 county households.

The proposal nearly doubles recycling bins at drop-off sites in Huntington and Barboursville and will create a permanent drop-off site in Milton by October 2019.

It’s also been proposed to lower the cost of key-fob access at the Huntington drop-off site from $75 a year to $5 a year for county residents. The Barboursville site will become free for county residents, while the proposed Milton site will also be free. Both of those sites will require key-fob access.

In August, commissioners agreed to give the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority $100,000 as a “first step” to expand the recycling program.

The Solid Waste Authority had originally asked commissioners to place a tax levy proposal on the November general election ballot, which was rejected. The same measure failed in 2016.

The $100,000 commitment will come from the county’s economic development levy fund. Commissioners asked for a detailed plan for how the money will be spent, which they unanimously approved Thursday.

According to the proposal, the number of recycling bins at the 800 Virginia Ave. site in Huntington will increase from nine bins to 20 bins by October 2019. The total cost to service the site, including labor and the cost of hauling off recyclables, will be $56,986 a year. The site will be considered at full capacity once 1,200 households have key-fob access.

The Barboursville drop-off site, located at 536 Depot St., will go from four bins to seven bins in 2019. It will be at full capacity once 450 households have key-fob access. The total cost to maintain the site will be $22,783 a year, which is offset by an $11,914 annual payment made by the village of Barboursville. The county will then be responsible for paying $10,869.

Milton will not have a permanent drop-off site initially, but is eligible to receive approximately $20,106 toward creating one in 2019, according to the proposal.

The cost to maintain the drop-off site depends on whether the city of Milton would hire someone to perform 24 hours of work a week. If Milton provides labor, it will cost approximately $79,893 a year to operate the site. If the county has to pick up the labor cost, it will be approximately $87,621 a year. Those figures reflect an estimation of labor and fuel costs to transport the materials to centers owned by Rumpke Waste and Recycling in Ohio because the county does not have its own recycling center.

Until a permanent drop-off site is created in Milton, the Solid Waste Authority will add Saturday and Sunday collections in that city. Two 8-yard recycling bins will be maintained separately at the Huntington dropoff site to accommodate these additional Milton collections.

The drop-off site in Huntington is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week. The Barboursville site is open from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

Travis Crum is a reporter for The Herald-Dispatch. He may be reached by phone at 304-526-2801.

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