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Sunrise Sanitation set to modify recycling services

THOMAS — Sunrise Sanitation Services, Inc. provides residential, commercial and industrial solid waste removal services in Grant, Mineral, Pendleton, Preston, Randolph and Tucker counties in West Virginia and Garrett County in Maryland as well as select services in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

Sunrise also operates six 24/7 recycling drop-off sites to local area businesses and residents as a free service to the communities in the following areas: Thomas, Gormania, Canaan Valley, Hendricks, Parsons and Mt. Storm for the past 16 years.

Sunrise currently accepts the following materials at the six recycling sites: cardboard, magazines, office paper, newspaper, aluminum cans, steel cans and No. 1 and No. 2 plastic.

Sunrise will be modifying the materials that the company collects at these recycling sites due to extensive and pervasive contamination at the current sites. The contamination that officials have encountered at the processing facility in Thomas include but is not limited to: household trash, animal carcasses, feces, hypodermic needles and hazardous waste.

While Sunrise officials care about our environment and extol the virtues of recycling, the ultimately value the health and human safety of our employees over everything else, according to a Sunrise press release.

Effective Feb. 1, Sunrise will only accept corrugated cardboard and aluminum cans at all recycling centers that it operates. Sunrise will no longer accept magazines, newspapers, office paper and No. 1 and No. 2 plastic at our free 24/7 public drop-off centers.

In addition to the change of recyclable material we accept, Sunrise will also be closing the Mt. Storm recycling center because of lack of public interest.

If you would like more information about this topic, call Traci Royce at 301-334-6212 or e-mail traci@sunrisesanitation.com

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