Why Recycle?

Recycling offers numerous benefits for not only our surrounding environment and wildlife, but also for you, your family, and your community. With simple goals and a basic understanding of how you can make a difference, we can begin to make an impactful change for a greener and brighter future for this generation and the ones to come.

5 Benefits Of Recycling

#1 Recycling Saves Money

In almost all cases, it costs more to purchase products with the intention of throwing them out after using them once or a handful of times than to invest in reusable items. By simply reducing unnecessary waste in your home, you considerably save money. Avoiding single-use plastics and paper products such as water bottles, paper plates, disposable cutlery, plastic straws, paper towels, etc., will significantly benefit you, your home, and the environment by saving money, protecting wildlife, and conserving natural resources.


Single-use items can be easily substituted for more environmentally friendly products. For example, microfiber cloths are an excellent substitute for paper towels since cleaning cloths can be washed and reused.

#2 A Little Effort Goes a Long Way

Recycling doesn’t have to be inconvenient or overwhelming. You can make simple changes in your household by setting small goals to achieve a better and greener future.

  • Purchase reusable water bottles for each of your family members.
  • Shop with reusable shopping bags.
  • Use glass food storage containers rather than plastic storage bags.

These small acts will make a significant impact not only on your family but on your surrounding community. Did you know 2.5 million plastic water bottles are thrown away every hour in America alone?

#3 Recycling Saves Energy & Conserves Natural Resources

Creating products from recycled materials reduces the number of natural resources harvested and significantly saves energy. If we only produced products from brand new materials and resources, we would severely deduct large amounts of Earth’s natural supply to the point where resources such as trees, plants, and minerals wouldn’t be able to replenish. One small commitment you could make is looking for 100% recycled products, including paper, shoes, clothing, phone cases, etc.


Did you know recycling paper saves trees and water? Exactly one ton of paper made from recycled paper saves up to 17 trees and uses 50% less water.

#4 Recycling Paves the Way to Better Health & Well-Being

Many everyday household and hygiene products are incredibly harmful to our environment. Laundry detergents, dryer sheets, makeup remover wipes, etc., are packed full of harsh chemicals that are toxic to the wildlife surrounding us. Thankfully, there are healthier and more environmentally friendly choices now than before. When shopping for chemically infused household products, search for eco-friendly detergents and other all-natural products.


Did you know dryer sheets are one of most toxic items in your house? Dryer sheets can be effectively replaced with 100% all natural sheep wool dryer balls, designed to naturally soften clothes and reduce dry time use after use.

#5 Recycling Gives Hope

We only have one Earth – one habitual planet in all existence to call our own. Even though we don’t have a history of always treating our world with care and respect, recycling gives us a chance to make a stand, act, and clean up our mistakes. With enough devotion and care, generations long after us will be able to enjoy the wild and wonderful world we know today.

Why Recycle Elkins WV

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