Recycling

Brittany Bauer teaches classes for biology and life sciences at Wyoming East High School in New Richmond, West Virginia.
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Not many high schools can say their students operate an award-winning recycling program for their county, much less small schools in rural communities.

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Marshall University's Sustainability Department is again hosting an Earth Day celebration on Wednesday.

The event promotes sustainable living practices and works to educate Marshall students and the public about local programs and activities.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection has awarded nearly two dozen recycling grants to groups in 20 counties.

The DEP said in a news release that funding for the recycling assistance grant program is generated through a $1 assessment fee per ton of solid waste disposed at in-state landfills.

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In the year 2017, recycling programs exist in several communities in West Virginia, but these programs have not significantly changed the state’s habit of burying trash in the hills. West Virginians are sending about the same amount of trash to the state’s 18 landfills as they have for decades.  

In 1989, West Virginia lawmakers passed a bill that’s goal was to reduce residential waste going to landfills by 50 percent by 2010. The bill was necessary to meet federal requirements. According to data collected by the state over the years - West Virginia hasn’t yet made any progress toward that goal.

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West Virginia environmental officials say they awarded $1.8 million to 28 municipal agencies, nonprofits and private industries to boost recycling.

The 2017 grants are funded through the $1 assessment per ton of solid waste disposed at landfills in the state.

The Department of Environmental Protection says $148,000 for the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority will help pay for wages, fuel, maintenance, recycling trailers, balers, other equipment and public outreach.

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Charleston is considering ending a rule that allows residents to use recycling bins instead of clear plastic bags the city provides.

The Charleston Gazette reports bins were allowed last year. Residents have not had to separate their recyclable items since June 2014.

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The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the Division of Natural Resources are gearing up for their 10th annual Christmas tree recycling event.

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That Christmas tree adding holiday flair to your living room could become a condo for fish in a West Virginia lake.

MSV photo by Ron Blunt.

Janice Summers-Young is one of two West Virginian artists who were selected for a new exhibit at The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Virginia. The exhibit, called Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, features 287 artists from 36 different countries and opened yesterday.

Zero-waste events--that’s the goal of one start-up organization in Morgantown. Green Earth Event Services was founded by Morgantown resident Garth Lindley in 2011. The organization provides recycling and composting services and Lindley says that while there's a learning curve among public they interact with,  he's surprised by the overall enthusiasm he receives wherever the organization sets up.

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The state is providing a useful way for West Virginians to dispose of their Christmas trees.

The Department of Environmental Protection will collect trees and sink them in four West Virginia lakes to provide fish habitat. The Register-Herald reports that the department's ninth annual Christmas tree recycling event is set for Jan. 4 at the Capitol Market in downtown Charleston.

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West Liberty University is getting a $24,760 grant from the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection to continue its recycling efforts.
 

The school says the award will allow its voluntary recycling program to grow from its infancy into a full-fledged, mandatory program.