New Facility in Berkeley County Turns Trash to Fuel


On this West Virginia Morning, we hear how a new facility in Berkeley County is trying to tackle landfill overflow by turning trash into a fuel source. We also hear a discussion with John Temple, author of the new book Up in Arms.

Author John Temple is a professor of journalism at the Reed School of Media at West Virginia University. You may be familiar with his book American Pain – about the Florida pill mills and their effect on the nation’s opioid epidemic.

After writing American Pain, Temple turned his attention to the western part of the country.

He spent several years reporting on people in the land-rights movement and their fight against the Bureau of Land Management, which included two major stand-offs against federal agents in 2014 and 2016, in Utah and Oregon, respectively. His reporting on that issue is included in his latest book, Up in Arms, in which he examines the land-rights movement through the lens of the Bundy family.

News director Jesse Wright spoke to Temple about what got him interested in the Bundys and where he sees their movement going from here.

John Temple’s new book, Up in Arms, is available for sale on June 25.

Today, most of our trash ends up in landfills. In the United States, we produce more than 200 million tons of trash every single year. But what if we could turn some of that trash into fuel? As Liz McCormick reports, a large portion of Berkeley, Jefferson, and Morgan County residents’ garbage is being turned into fuel as we speak – even if they may not realize it.

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Our producer is Liz McCormick.