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Charleston To Consider Ending Use of Recycling Bins


Charleston is considering ending a rule that allows residents to use recycling bins instead of clear plastic bags the city provides.

The Charleston Gazette reports bins were allowed last year. Residents have not had to separate their recyclable items since June 2014.

But the city says it will have to stop using the bins if it wants to keep taking its recyclables to the Raleigh County Solid Waste Authority. City officials say the bins create more opportunities for recyclables such as paper and cardboard to get wet and become unusable.

Raleigh County has been removing about 40 percent of what Charleston hauls there and putting it in the landfill.

The city has been hauling its recyclable to Raleigh County since West Virginia Recycling Services shut down last fall.