HUNTINGTON - The Cabell County Solid Waste Authority's new mobile recycling trailers will make their debut this weekend.
The two trailers will be set up from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at the Water Works Plant in Milton, located at 339 E. Main St.
Those planning to use the free service should remember that only cardboard, aluminum cans, tin cans and paper (newspaper, office paper, junk mail) will be accepted. All items must also be separated.
Neither glass nor plastic will be accepted at the mobile site.
The Solid Waste Authority is offering this service for free due to a partnership with Goodwill Industries of KYOWVA.
The recyclables collected Saturday will be taken to the Goodwill recycling facility at 525 W. 19th St., Huntington. That facility is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and has the same recycling stipulations.
Mark Buchanan, director of the Cabell County Solid Waste Authority, said each mobile trailer will be able to accept more than a ton of recyclables.
Buchanan said the mobile recycling trailers are part of the Solid Waste Authority's continued effort to offer recycling to the public following dwindling options due to funding constraints.
For the past 18 months, with the exception of Huntington and Barboursville, Buchanan said recycling has been almost nonexistent in Cabell County.
"Everybody should have the option to recycle," Buchanan said. "Initially, when we hatched the idea for the recycling trailers, we wanted to bring recycling back to the places in the county where we had closed the recycling sites."
Buchanan said the plan is to have the trailers in Milton the first Saturday of the month, Lesage the second, Huntington the third and Culloden the fourth.
The trailers will be in Lesage from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Big Red's Trading Post Plant located at the intersection of Big Seven Mile Road and W.Va. Route 2.
The trailers will be in Huntington from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 20, along Veterans Memorial Boulevard at the 6th Street Bridge intersection.
The Culloden location has yet to be determined.
Buchanan said the location of the trailers may change depending on usage.
Residents also can recycle at the waste authority's new drop-off center at the old National Guard Armory at 800 Virginia Ave., Huntington. However, that option costs $75 a year (October 2017 through September 2018). Passes purchased after October will be prorated. For the month of January, passes will cost $56.25 and will be good until the end of September.
To purchase a recycling pass, go to http://www.ccswa.us/recycling-pass.html. Residents can also download an application from the website and mail it with a check or money order to the address listed on the application.
Those who have already purchased a pass can pick up their key fob at the Virginia Avenue drop-off site. Passes that have not been picked up in the next few weeks will be mailed to users.
Buchanan said about 450 people have already purchased passes.