Numbers on the total amount of trash collected during Student Move-Out are down
Organizer Tom Arnold reported to council that it collected 1,753 tons of garbage from its dumpsters placed around town during Finals Week, a time when students’ leases end and they move. This number is more than 100 tons less than was collected in 2011 (1,865 tons) – and Arnold reports that this is due to two compelling factors.
Frist, the amount of products made available for collection to be sold at the United Way/WVU Blue & Gold Mine Sale was expanded in 2012. Students contributed more useful items to this sale than last year.
Second, Arnold reports that there was far less illegal dumping this year. A problem in the past was that ineligible parties (non-students) would illegally deposit construction materials and other trash into the dumpsters that were placed specifically for Move-Out trash. Arnold says that increased advertising of the program and its details helped to curb that offense.
Due to increased recycling efforts set to go into effect in the fall through the City’s Clean Community Concept, as well as practices implemented this year to expedite collection and disposal, City administration anticipates continued tonnage reductions in the years to come.
If you have questions, please contact the City Manager’s office Monday through Friday between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The number there is (304) 284-7405.