The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Local News

April 3, 2010

Wyoming County ... Make it shine

PINEVILLE — This year’s Wyoming County — Make It Shine event will include several projects, according to County Commission President Silas Mullins.

“If we don’t clean up the county, no one is going to come in here and do it for us,” Mullins emphasized.

“Everyone can get involved in this,” he said.

The county’s annual tire and scrap metal collection is scheduled April 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the former Division of Highways building in Rock View, Mullins said.

Residents can get rid of up to 12 tires per household and any type of scrap metal, Mullins noted.

There is no cost to residents to get rid of the tires and scrap metal, he said.

Next Saturday beginning at 10 a.m., at the Mullens Opportunity Center, volunteers will conduct a stream cleanup of the Guyandotte River from Mullens to Pineville, Mullins said.

“We probably won’t get all of it, but we’re going to try,” he emphasized.

“Any and all volunteers are welcome to participate,” he said.

This project is conducted in conjunction with the Upper Guyandotte Watershed Association.

Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, brooms and shovels will be provided.

Those interested in volunteering are urged to contact UGWA at 304-250-7053 so organizers can coordinate supplies.

Lunch will also be provided. Participants should bring their own water.

Additionally, the Wyoming County Solid Waste Authority will clean up Horse Creek Lake April 12-16, again with volunteers.

Those who wish to provide assistance are urged to phone 304-732-8000, extension 290.

Accumulating garbage — trash, paper, litter, refuse, cans, bottles, discarded furniture, appliances, tires, construction and demolition materials, among other items — in yards, on road ways, or in streams is illegal.

To report these open dumps, contact the Wyoming County Litter Control program at 304-732-8000, extension 421, or contact Commissioner Silas Mullins at 304-732-8000, extension 290.

“More and more people are stepping forward — people are getting tired of trashy neighbors,” Mullins emphasized.

The complaints can be made anonymously, according to officials.

Hours for the county “landfill” boxes/compactor stations — located at Baileysville, Glen Fork, and Tralee — are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Tuesday-Saturday except holidays. The compactor stations accept bagged household garbage only; cost is $1.10 per bag.

The station located on Airport Road near Pineville, known locally as “the landfill,” is open to the public and small businesses for bagged or loose garbage during the same hours.

Other sponsors of Wyoming County — Make It Shine activities include the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection and Wyoming County Division of Highways.

— E-mail: mcbrooks@register-herald.com

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