Waste Authority Considers Ways To Get Rid of TVs

Tammy Bonar receives about one call per day from a person looking for help to get rid of an old TV.

That’s why Bonar, director of the Ohio County Solid Waste Authority, is considering organizing a collection in the future to help Ohio County residents, especially the elderly. Bonar talked about the calls during the authority’s Thursday board meeting.

Board members include Erin Cuffaro, Conrad Slanina, John Miller, Robert Luchetti and Rex Strawn.

Since most landfills have stopped taking old TVs and computer monitors, many people are often stuck with those items. While local electronics recycling centers will take TVs, some now only do so for a fee, she added.

While most board members agreed the elderly or disabled need help getting rid of the TVs, Miller believes most able-bodied people are just looking for a free, easy way to dispose of their old electronics. Bonar noted many older TVs are heavy and difficult for people to even try and move on their own.

In other business, the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s annual tire collection is slated from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 3 at the DEP building in Fulton, 131-A Peninsula St. This collection is open to all West Virginia residents.

Ten tires per person will be accepted, but must be no larger than 17 inches. Larger tires can be cut into smaller pieces and submitted. Tires must be off their rims, which will not be accepted.

The authority’s household hazardous waste collection for county residents is scheduled 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the city of Wheeling Operations Center in Clator. Items accepted include gasoline, antifreeze, kerosene, paint, paint thinner, used oil, oil filters, varnish, transmission fluid, turpentine, lighter fluid, rug cleaner, solvents, fluorescent light tubes, swimming pool chemicals, pesticides and auto and appliance batteries. Bonar said the items are being collected by Clean Harbors, which typically recycles or incinerates items.

“It’s a good service,” Bonar said.

In other matters, board members approved monthly invoices related to recycling: $13,000 paid to J.D. Miller Trucking; $2,575.32 to Republic Services for remaining spring cleanup costs; $924.72 to Iron City, the company that hauls recyclable materials to Greenstar recycling in Pittsburgh; and $200 in dues to the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities.

The board also approved receiving the following deposits:

– $395.99 from Greenstar. This was based on the tonnage it received from Ohio County and the current market prices;

– $17,213.02 from the Short Creek Landfill; and

– $2,630.29 from the state of West Virginia, which is the amount each county receives from tipping fees.

The board also approved a $180,200 budget for fiscal 2013-14. Bonar said the authority is not required to submit a budget to the state, but she typically has a copy ready for annual audits.

She noted state auditors were not able to audit the authority’s 2012-13 finances and informed her requests for proposals should be advertised to have an independent firm conduct it instead.

The board’s next meeting is slated for 9 a.m. Aug. 1 in Room 215 of the City-County Building, 1500 Chapline St., Wheeling.