FOSTER — 2013 was a great year for the Boone County Recycling Center.
Over 391 tons of material was recycled last year. The centers accept cardboard, newspaper, mix paper, magazines, steel cans, and aluminum. This saves the citizens of Boone County money by keeping recyclable material out of the landfills, roads, and streams.
“This is a great program offered free by the Commission.” said Solid Waste Director Rick Kirk. “I wish more people would take advantage of it.”
The Center is operated by the Boone County Commission and is located Foster on WV Route 3, approximately 6 miles from Madison. The program began in 1996 as the WVU Extension Star Project in one grade school. Since then, it has grown to cover the entire county.
Since its humble beginnings, the recycling department has expanded tremendously. The county has drop off sites at both of the transfer stations, #1 at Rock Creek and #2 Station at Fosterville. Trucks also pick up recyclables at all the schools, senior and nutrition centers, post offices, and public buildings throughout the county.
Boone County has in place an organized and effective recycling center complete with a floor baler scale, 3 vertical balers, forklift, and 3 recycling trucks. An additional metal building has been added also because of the growing need of recycled material.
Every year in March, the Boone County Recycling Center returns to its roots by sponsoring a newspaper drive in county grade schools. In 2014, every grade in each elementary school throughout the county is participating.
The Recycling Center now has two part time employees and seven full time employees. Part of those salaries and some of the related bills are paid by a biennial recycling assistance grant through the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s REAP program. The Boone County Commission has received the grant every year it has been available since 2005.
“The citizens of Boone County want to recycle to reduce what goes in the landfill. That is what matters.” said Commission President Eddie Hendricks
The Recycling Center is located at 435 Foster Road in Foster. The hours of operation are 7 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. If you have questions or need more information, call 369-9253.