Kanawha recycler expects lots of glass

Kenny Kemp
Charleston resident Stephanie Hysmith recycles glass bottles Monday afternoon at the West Virginia Recycling Services Center facility on Slack Street.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's back by popular demand.The West Virginia Recycling Services Center resumed its glass recycling practices Monday, and owner George Hunyadi said he expects a large amount of glass in the next few weeks from people who have been saving glass items for disposal."I've heard from a number of residents that they've been stockpiling their glass," Hunyadi said. "I somehow suspect that we're going to have a lot of glass come in over the next two or three weeks, based on what I'm hearing."According to Hunyadi, the recycling center received roughly 4 tons of glass each week before its previous owner stopped accepting glass items by March of last year.It was much more glass than the center could dispose of readily, and Hunyadi expects similar amounts in the coming months. He has an idea for what to do with it."I'll be offering it free to county residents who want it," Hunyadi said. "What I'm hoping to do is eventually do some other things with it -- incorporate it for not only some road-based projects, some pothole fill-up, but maybe even some decorative projects as well."The glass will be pulverized at the site and made available to residents, many of whom have expressed interest in using it as garden mulch, according to Hunyadi.
James Young, executive director of the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority, said that unlike many of its other recycled items, glass recycled at the center isn't sold on the market. Still, he believes the service is necessary for the community and should be promoted."We've had a very positive reaction from everyone concerning it so far, and we expect it to continue to grow as far as the amount of people who will use the drop-off site," Young said. "I know that a lot of people have been saving up their glass for a while, so there will probably be a large influx in the beginning, and I think gradually it will pick up to where it was in the past."Young said he also believes the center will find a way to dispose of the glass it collects through offering it back to the community."We just started our Facebook page about a month ago, and we had about 100 followers right away. But after the announcement about the glass, we've never had a post reach so many people," he said. "We have had so many people asking questions about it and spreading the news to other people."Residents and municipalities can recycle glass bottles and containers at the West Virginia Recycling Center, 600 Slack St. The center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday.For more information on the WVRC or the KCSWA, visit www.kanawharecycles.org.Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nuzum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5100.
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