MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Monday morning, Jan. 12, came early for the Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority (SWA).
“We were out at 5:30 this morning,” said Donnie DeBerry, who coordinates recycling services for the organization.
That was so the SWA could tackle those overflowing recycle bins across the city.
The recyclables have been stacking up while SWA woes from a revenue losses in the market have been stacking up, DeBerry said.
“We’re working as hard as we can to catch up,” he said, “but we can only do with what we have.”
SWA board chair Hayward Helmick said the organization is losing anywhere from $250,000-$300,000 as entities that were once clients are switching over to contractors that offer “single stream” recycling, where glass, plastic and other materials can go into a bin with no sorting…