Garbage

Inside one section of the Entsorga facility in Martinsburg. Most of this garbage could become fuel.
Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Today, most of our trash ends up in landfills. In the United States, we produce more than 200 million tons of trash every single year. But what if we could turn some of that trash into fuel? Well, it turns out a large portion of Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County residents’ garbage is being turned into fuel as we speak – even if they may not realize it.

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, we hear how a new facility in Berkeley County is trying to tackle landfill overflow by turning trash into a fuel source. We also hear a discussion with John Temple, author of the new book Up in Arms.

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A raft of garbage covers a swath of the Monongahela River in northern West Virginia, a dozen miles upstream from the drinking water intake for 100,000 people.

Old tires, damaged toys, algae, oil drums, sticks and other refuse have crowded against the dam for so long that weeds sprout from them. Stuck against the spillway, the trash spans a football field's length from one bank to the other and spreads almost 30 yards upstream.

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Lawmakers in the House have approved a bill that would increase the penalties for littering in the state.

Littering on public or private property in West Virginia is already a misdemeanor, but House Bill 2303 increases the fines and community service hours associated with it.  

Liz McCormick / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Landfilling has been the main source of getting rid of waste for centuries. But a new technology coming to West Virginia may change how we think of waste disposal, and in the long run, help our environment.

West Virginia Morning
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The Senate prepares to vote on a bill to protect water resources and the House of Delegates passes a bill increase penalties for child pornography. The Department of Transportation outlines their procedures for snow removal during dangerous road conditions and bitter cold and the Eastern Panhandle learns how to convert garbage into fuel.