The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Editorials

April 2, 2014

Doing it right

— Wyoming County shows us the way things ought to be done.

The illegal dumping ground on Huff Mountain has been an eyesore and a potential health hazard for years.

But the county commission, with the help of the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and the work of committed volunteers, has led a two-year charge to clean up the dump site . And by selling the recyclable materials found there, the county will be able to fund the cleanup of another illegal dump.

The WVDEP Make It Shine program was the governmental catalyst in the effort. The program brings together volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments to clean up West Virginia at the grassroots level.

Wyoming County has a natural beauty that, even by southern West Virginia’s already high standards, stands out.

“The Wyoming County Commission has been working for two years to remove as much recyclable material as possible from this site,” Commissioner Silas Mullins said of the dump near Oceana. “This has created enough funding to also include the major dump site on Basin Mountain.”

And two smaller dump sites on Huff Mountain will be cleaned up with the help of the county’s Solid Waste Authority and Corrections Program.

The commitment of the county, the WVDEP and, most importantly, the volunteers from Wyoming County, show that local problems can be solved by community initiative and effort.

We also admire the commitment of Mullins and other county and local officials for their leadership roles in the cleanup efforts in Wyoming County.

Wyoming has taken advantage of the programs the WVDEP has put in place. Along with the Make It Shine program, the annual Tire and Scrap Metal Drive will be held May 10.

And after all this effort, Mullins and the rest of Wyoming County want to keep things clean.

Dumping garbage and trash, tires and appliances, in yards, roadways or streams is illegal, Mullins warns. And if you see illegal dumping, he says to call him at 304-732-8000, Ext. 288 or 295.

Committed West Virginians solving local problems.

Wyoming County is our kind of place.

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