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Costs threaten Cabell County recycling program

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The Cabell County Solid Waste Authority is trying to pull everyone it can together in an effort to save its recycling program.

At the same time, one of the largest entities involved, the city of Huntington, may be striking out on its own.

Mark Buchanan, director of the solid waste authority, said the program provider, Rumpke, is asking for twice what it is paid now to continue the program, which provides eight sites throughout the county – four in the city of Huntington – where residents can take recyclable materials.

Buchanan said when the time came in early spring to renegotiate the authority’s contract with Rumpke, the board of directors decided to put the program out to bid instead.

“I guess they were thinking maybe there was some other interest out there and maybe they could get it for less,” he said.

The only bid that came in was from Rumpke…

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