Below, Randolph County Solid Waste Authority (RCSWA) answers frequently asked questions related to our agency, waste management and recycling services, and services offered by our partners in Randolph County, WV. If you have additional questions or would like to speak with a RCSWA representative, please contact the service provider directly or contact us for assistance.
In Randolph County, residents enjoy many options for recycling, disposal of household waste, specialty and hazardous wastes. Randolph Countians are free to choose from a variety options including:
You can contact us with any questions or concerns about how to dispose of waste, participate in recycling programs, and related matters in Randolph County, WV. You may also wish to reach out to the following agencies for concerns of a statewide or nationwide/federal nature:
West Virginia State Solid Waste Management Board
Information about the rules and regulations governing the disposal of solid waste and hazardous materials in West Virginia, facilities, publications, forms, relevant news and events
United States Environmental Protection Agency
Information about hazards, disposal, recycling, recovery, reduction, clean up, and regulation of household, industrial, and manufacturing solid and hazardous wastes under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA)
The garbage collection and recycling policies of a waste collection service, such as the number of bags allowed per week, bulk item pickup, scheduling, availability, and other aspects are set by the service provider. These policies may vary based on any requirements set by local city, township, borough, county, or municipal ordinances (local laws). If you have a question or concern, first reach out to your waste handler and attempt to resolve the issue. If you feel an existing ordinance governing your waste collection service is unjust, or a new ordinance is needed, contact your mayor, city council, or local lawmaker to discuss your concerns.
RCSWA is unable to answer specific legal questions or provide legal guidance, but we can share a summary of West Virginia Code describing some of the requirements and prohibitions under West Virginia law. Federal law, municipal code and regulations may also apply. If you believe your concern may be related to a violation of law, you may wish to discuss the matter with the proper authorities or your legal representative.
WV state law requires all households to do one of the following with their solid waste:
1. Subscribe to and use an approved solid waste collection service
2. Have proof that your waste was disposed of at an approved solid waste facility.
Waste must not be dumped on hillsides, streams, buried or burned. Penalties for noncompliance can be severe. According to WV Code Rule 33 CSR 7, Proof of Proper Solid Waste Disposal, the following methods of waste disposal are illegal:
• It’s illegal to burn solid waste – W.Va. §22-5-3;
• It’s illegal to bury solid waste – W.Va. §22-15-10;
• It’s Illegal to dump solid waste into a roadside dump – W.Va. §22-15-10;
• It’s Illegal to create an open dump on your property – W.Va. §22-15-10.
To the People Randolph County
By now those of you who are reading this know that that the Tygart valley Recycling Center (formerly the Randolph County Recycling Center), has closed. First of all, the Randolph County Solid Waste Authority appreciate your passion for recycling and how you express importance for a Recycling Center. to give you a little history on the Center. Mr. Sterling Daniels is the owner of the Recycling Center. The owner before him was Mr. Joe Gum. The Randolph County Solid Waste Authority as never owned the Center. In the past, We have assisted the recycling center in various ways but, have never owned it. It is, or was, a private business unto itself. Now the reason that it is closed. When I spoke with Mr. Daniels the reason for closing he stated that he is losing anywhere from $4 to $5 thousand dollars a month. We post it on our website so other will know where to go to take their recyclables. We are currently looking to meet with the Randolph County Commission and with the Elkins City Council to let them know of the situation and bounce some ideas as to what direction to go. Hopefully, bring another recycling Center into the County. Getting rid of recyclables it not as easy as some think. Recycling is not as easy as everyone thinks. You Spend the month collect and bailing the items. The You try to find a Recycling company, much larger then your own, that will take them. You tell them that you will sell it to them at this price. Those that want to buy it will either meet your requested price or, low ball you. Most of the time, they low ball you. Even in recycling, you’ve got to make a profit to stay alive. I thank you for you passion and concern for recycling. I hope we can solve the problem soon. If you have any ideas or folks that deal in Recycling, please shoot me an e-mail.
Thank you for you patience and understanding.
Clark Martin – Chairman
Randolph County Solid Waste Authority
P. O. Box 2147
Elkins, West Virginia 26241