Tire, electronic collection planned in Brooke

BEECH BOTTOM – The Brooke County Solid Waste Authority and West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection will team to present a free collection of discarded electronics and tires from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the solid waste authority’s recycling center.

The center is near the new Brooke County Animal Shelter on the former Windsor Coal property in Beech Bottom off state Route 2.

The event is free to Brooke County residents, who must present proof of their residency.

Items that will be accepted include: answering machines, computer copiers, cellular phones, CD and DVD players, VCRs, camcorders, calculators, digital cameras, electric typewriters, electric wire fax machines, video game systems, hard drives and various computer equipment, microwave ovens, projectors, pagers, radios, remote control devices, stereos, televisions and telephones.

While small household items will be accepted, officials involved with the collection won’t accept large items such as dryers, washers, stoves, dishwashers, hot water tanks, refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners or any type of light bulbs or ballast, smoke detectors or household or commercial batteries.

Tires will be limited to 10 per person and must be off their rims, from cars or light trucks only and with a radius of 16.5 inches or less. Tires from businesses won’t be accepted.

Those with questions should call the solid waste board’s office at (304) 527-3947.

The collection is funded by a $4,000 grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan program.

Grants through the program funded collections held in 2011 and 2012.

Glenn Kocher, chairman of the solid waste authority, said response to the collections has been strong because a state law passed in recent years prohibits televisions and computers with screens that measure more than 5 inches diagonally from being dumped at landfills.

Concerns about hazardous materials in the devices led to the ban.

Because of the law, residents can not leave such electronics for pickup with their other garbage but they can make arrangements for their garbage hauler to collect them.

(Scott can be contacted at wscott@heraldstaronline.com)