NEW MANCHESTER - With all the recycling going on in Hancock County, the operators of the Hancock County Recycling and Convenience Center may soon need a bandwagon.
The amount of materials brought to the recycling center, 832 Gas Valley Road, in 2012 grew significantly - and in some cases doubled - from 2011, according to the center's 2012 annual report.
"People are bringing their items here because we accept things that other recycling centers don't," said Rob Mark, site manager.
EXPANDED HOURS FOR SPRING — Hancock County recycling attendant Bill Theiss, right, helps New Manchester resident Eric Schlotter unload assorted cardboard at the Hancock County Recycling and Convenience Center, 832 Gas Valley Road, on Tuesday. The center is resuming expanded spring hours on Monday. -- Stephen Huba
On Monday, the center will resume its spring hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday and Wednesday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
In his report to Hancock County commissioners, Mark Vignovic, chairman of the Hancock County Solid Waste Authority, said the increase in recyclables justifies the center's expanded hours and operations.
In 2012, the center collected:
35 tons of mixed paper and cardboard;
44 tons of electronics;
41 tons of scrap metal and white goods;
86 tons of household junk;
1,650 gallons of paint;
880 gallons of used oil;
1,397 fluorescent bulbs and lamps;
220 gallons of pesticides, herbicides and household chemicals; and
27 tons of co-mingled glass, plastic, steel and aluminum.
The recycling center opened in December 2010 with Saturday hours only. Previously, Hancock County held a semiannual countywide cleanup day at Tomlinson Run State Park.
Activity at the center picked up rapidly in 2011, so much so that, by September 2012, the center expanded its hours to six days a week.
Mark said activity has stayed steady even in the winter months.
"I've had 50 (visitors) in a weekend. That's busy," he said. There were a total of 5,606 visitors in 2012, according to the annual report.
"It's convenient for me," said Eric Schlotter, of New Manchester, who visits the recycling center every month with a pickup truck load of recyclables.
On Tuesday, he and new center attendant Bill Theiss unloaded a truck bed full of cardboard, plastics and home construction materials. The latter went into a special roll-off trailer whose use is paid for by private donations.
"I've been coming here for quite a while, since they opened up," Schlotter said. "My wife and I have been recycling for years. I think more people should."
Schlotter gave Mark a $5 donation as he left.
In addition to donations, the recycling center operates on revenue from collected materials with a market, the Hancock County commissioners, state grants and the state Solid Waste Assessment Fee. The latter is calculated based on the amount of solid waste tonnage each county puts into a landfill.
State grants come from the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board and two programs administered by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection.
Mark said this year the recycling center is starting to participate in the WVDEP Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, whereby center personnel identify areas in Hancock County that are being used for illegal dumping.
(Huba can be contacted at email@example.com)