Morgantown, WV (pop. 31,000), is perhaps best known as the home of West Virginia University. As such, its population practically doubles to a total of approximately 60,000 from September through May each year when the WVU student body is in town. The city introduced its “Clean Community Concept” proposal in 2012 — an initiative with an ultimate goal of reaching an 80% waste diversion rate. The goal seemed lofty at the time.
But Morgantown got to work, recently tripling the number of recyclable items accepted at the curb and introducing larger 65-gallon green roll carts, which replaced the 18-gallon bins residents had been using. The recycling rates improved almost overnight, with nearly 600 tons of recyclables collected in the first three quarters of 2013 — an incredible increase from the 78 tons collected during all of 2012.
Paperboard, junk mail, magazines, catalogs, paperback books, hardcover books (cover removed), office paper, shredded paper (sealed in a clear plastic bag), phonebooks, newspapers and inserts, corrugated cardboard (flattened and cut to fit inside the cart), pizza box tops (no soiled bottom halves), milk/juice cartons and milk/juice aseptic containers are accepted.
Plastic containers numbered 1 through 7 are accepted. No plastic bags.
Aluminum cans and tin/steel cans (rinsed) are accepted.
Glass bottles and jars (clear amber and green) are accepted.
Morgantown residents take recyclables to the curb on a weekly basis, same day as refuse collection. Carts must be placed curbside the evening before pick-up any time after 6 p.m. Carts must be placed within 3 feet of the curb and must be at least 4 feet from any obstructions (vehicles, poles, refuse cart, etc.).
Morgantown’s recycling and refuse servicer, Republic Services, offers curbside e-waste collection on a biweekly basis. Residents are urged to call 304.368.7700 to schedule e-waste pick-up at least 24 hours in advance.
The Monongalia County Solid Waste Authority operates a drop-off recycling center (500 Dupont Rd. in nearby Westover). Cardboard, newspaper, office paper (shredded or whole), plastics 1 and 2, steel cans and aluminum cans are accepted and may be dropped off 24/7.
Visit the City of Morgantown Trash & Recycling website
for more recycling program info.