UPDATE: Wood County Spring Cleanup Held on Southside

By: Jillian Risberg, Hayley Skene Email
By: Jillian Risberg, Hayley Skene Email
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UPDATE 5/19/2014 11:05 AM

Time for some spring cleaning.

Just imagine TV sets, paint cans, even computers piled up by the thousands.

That was the scene Saturday outside the Erickson Sports Facility off Camden Avenue.

DuPont Washington Works and Waste Management partnered together, collecting the items to give them away, making one man's trash the next man's treasure.

Rubber from over 8,000 tires is going to Summersville where it will be used to make running shoes and athletic tracks.

Workers say the cleanup will help save the county landfill and keep our neighborhoods clean.

"There's something about the woods, and the beauty of West Virginia that I just love, and trying to keep the county clean, and trying to get everybody to clean up their own properties," says John Reed, Director of the Wood County Solid Waste Authority.

Reed says our recycling habits need to improve or the landfill will be full in the next 15 years.

He says only 23 percent of reusable materials will actually make it to recycling centers.

It's that time of year again to make room and do a spring cleaning.

The Wood County Solid Waste Authority will show you how.

Director John Reed says this is a once a year opportunity for Wood County residents to dispose of a wide variety of materials.

Things like unsolidified paint, tires, computers and other electronics, including appliances with freon in them and more.

"We've made a real concentrated effort over the last five or six years to clean up open dumps and to clean up neighborhoods and to bring the value of property up and stuff, so it's just a big effort to keep Wood County clean and profitable," he says.

The cleanup is this Saturday, May 17th, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Erickson All-Sports Field.

Reed says lines start forming early and they expect another huge turnout this year.

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