KCSWA is your recycling resource
Recycling is important for a variety of reasons, but it can be complicated. What
types of plastics are accepted? What about electronics? Or hazardous items? We’ve
rounded up the answers to all these questions and more.
Recycle Smart is an educational campaign that will make recycling in Kanawha County
easier, more accessible, and more efficient. Together we want to create more educated
and motivated citizens, and provide them with the necessary tools that encourage
volunteering and increased support of recycling at home, work, school, and community
How do I prepare my recyclables?
You should always check with your preferred drop-off location to find out their requirements,
as each may be different. It is common however; and required at the
Kanawha County Solid Waste
's facility in Charleston, that each type recyclable (plastic, aluminum, paper,
newspaper, etc.) has to be placed in separate bags. All plastics in one bag, all aluminum cans
in another bag, etc. Those bags are then placed in the appropriate bins located at the KCSWA
recycling drop off center.
How do I recycle plastics?
Kanawha County Solid Waste
's facility in Charleston accepts plastics labeled #1 and #2. The
WV Cashin Recyclables facility
in Nitro accepts only plastics #1 and #2 that are bottles with a narrow neck. Curbside programs
in Charleston, South Charleston and Marmet take all plastics #1 and #2. Curbside in St. Albans
only accepts narrow-neck plastic bottles #1 and #2.
Are aluminum/tin/steel cans that are lined (such as cat food cans) recyclable?
Yes, these types of cans are recyclable, as long as they are empty.
Where can I recycle electronics?
Starting July 1, 2016, the landfill ban on electronics was repealed due to the passage of
House Bill 4540. It is now legal for residents to properly dispose of electronics in their
There are are also
within Kanawha County
that recycle specific electronics, plus they can also be taken
to the spring and fall cleanups held by the Kanawha County Commission each year.
Are pizza boxes recyclable?
Yes, empty pizza boxes may be recycled even if they have grease on them.
Must I remove staples, paperclips, rubber bands before recycling paper?
No, but please conserve paperclips and rubber bands as much as possible. Paper should
be removed from folders and binders.
Can envelopes with windows be recycled? What about Post-it notes?
Yes, both of these can be recycled with office paper.
How do I recycle shredded paper?
Shredded paper must be put separately in a paper or plastic bag so that it does not
mix with the other paper. Shredded paper can also be composted or used for animal bedding.
Can I recycle Styrofoam?
Polystyrene foam plastic can be recycled, but it is not currently being accepted
for recycling in Kanawha County at this time. Before discarding polystyrene foam
plastic peanuts, consider taking them to your local mail and packaging store for
reuse, typically without charge.
What kinds of plastic bags/films are accepted at local grocery stores?
Many grocery and retail stores offer plastic bag drop-off programs for #2 &
#4 plastics. Besides grocery bags, they also accept:
- Retail bags (remove hard plastic or string handles)
- Plastic newspaper bags
- Dry cleaning bags (remove paper and hanger)
- Bread bags (with crumbs shaken out)
What can I do with paint?
for Humanity ReStore in Charleston
has developed a latex paint recycling program
where leftover latex paint can now be remixed and resold! However; the Habitat ReStore
can only accept LATEX paint. The ReStore can NOT accept oil-based paint, stains,
epoxy, chemicals, unmarked containers, thinners or any other liquid. If your paint
says Oil, Oil-based, Alkyd, Flammable, “Keep away from open flame” or
“Clean with mineral spirits”, the ReStore can NOT accept it. Please
visit their website for more information about the program.
If you are stuck with paint that the ReStore cannot accept, you do have options
for proper disposal. You can completely dry the paint to a solid form using cat
litter and then have your waste hauler pick it up on your regularly scheduled day.
In some cases, you can also contact the store where you bought the paint and ask
them to dispose of the leftovers.
What do I do with special disposal of hazardous waste?
To find out how to dispose of different household hazardous wastes, contact the
Hazardous Waste Disposal
at (304) 926-0499, ext. 1315. You could also visit
their website for a list of different Hazardous Waste Services in the state.
Why do I not have curbside service in the county?
Only municipalities with more than 10,000 residents are mandated by the state to recycle.
Smaller municipalities may have recycling programs on a volunteer basis, or on
subscription basis through the local waste hauler.
Contact your local municipality to find
out your options.
Who do I contact about a septic tank?
Please call the Kanawha Charleston Health Department at (304) 344-5243.
Who do I contact to report an open dump?
Please call the Kanawha County Litter Control Officer at (304) 357-0570.
Who do I contact to pick up white goods, such as refrigerators, washing machines, etc?
Many municipalities that offer curbside service will also pick up white goods.
Contact your local
municipality to find out if they provide these services. If you do not have this service
in your community please contact your local waster hauler, or
find recycling drop-off locations
in your area.
Still have questions? We're always here to help, so email
or give us a call if you have further questions or would like any clarification.