While our local centers of manufacturing are not nearly as large as they once were, we still occasionally get the opportunity to see them make some sort of visible contribution to our communities.
At one time, Weirton Steel provided for every need of the citizens of Weirton, with crews to keep our streets and sidewalks clean, steam to heat the Millsop Community Center and other facilities, and funding to support untold numbers of programs.
These days, while the operations of ArcelorMittal Weirton are not nearly as large, the men and women who work there still find ways to give back, and should be recognized for those contributions.
One such program will take place in the city Sept. 14 when ArcelorMittal Weirton hosts a free community recycling round-up.
The collection site will be located on state Route 2 between Avenue F and Avenue G, and it is available for all residents of Hancock and Brooke counties.
The collection will include aluminum and steel cans, plastic, glass, paper, cardboard, electronic waste - such as computers, microwaves, televisions and stereos - fluorescent light bulbs and batteries, and tires.
All one needs is a valid West Virginia driver's license.
Last year's collection assisted nearly 200 residents, and we hope to see even more turn out this year.
We all have those items we want to dispose of, and we can do just that for many of those items without having them taken to a landfill.
This is an opportunity for all of us to get rid of many of those items we no longer need while also reducing the amount of garbage put into the ground.
Whether it is an old computer or video game system, a pile of water of soda bottles, old newspapers or magazines or just some cardboard boxes, this is our chance.
We thank the folks at ArcelorMittal Weirton for putting this program together, and encourage all of our area residents to take part in the efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle.