Recycling, Market Development & Planning Section


Who We Are, What We Do

The Recycling Market Development and Planning Section (RMDPS) provides recycle market development and other technical assistance to the states local Solid Waste Authorities, businesses, government entities and others through grants, individual consulting, internet based marketing services and special programs. The section is responsible for preparing the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Plan and assisting the Solid Waste Authorities in preparing updates of each local Commercial Solid Waste Facility Siting Plan and Comprehensive Litter and Solid Waste Management Plan. In addition, RMDPS has prepared a plan for the proper handling of electronic waste required by Senate Bill 398, which was passed into law as a result of the 2009 - 2010 legislative session. 

The section is responsible for administering the following rules, regulations and laws:

  • WV Code, Chapter 22C, Article 3
  • WV Code, Chapter 22C, Article 4 
  • WV Code, Chapter 22-15A 
  • WV Code, Chapter 22, Article 16
  • Rules, Title 54 Series 1 through 6
  • Code of Federal Regulations, Title 40, Part 256.

In FY 2013, $300,000 in grant funding was distributed to 24 of the states 50 Solid Waste Authorities. Projects that received funding include operating cost for recycling centers, recycling collection equipment, litter control projects, salaries for recycling coordinators, cleanup programs, school recycling programs and environmental education projects.


In part, recycle market development is accomplished through the West Virginia Materials Exchange program. The exchange is an internet based program designed to bring West Virginia businesses, industry, state and local government and the general public in contact with appropriate markets for recyclable materials and manufacturing/industrial leftovers and by-products. The exchange currently list nearly 100 ads and serves more than 850 registered users. The Materials Exchange helps facilitate significant reduction in landfill tonnages and helps user organizations reduce cost through better inventory and waste management practices.


Special projects include annual statewide organization for America Recycles Day (ARD) activities and electronics recycling. Each year the section works with the West Virginia America Recycles Day Steering Committee to organize and promote "buying recycled" through America Recycles Day. Activities include coordinating activities through the Solid Waste Authorities, organizing statewide media, managing the WV ARD website and general administrative duties.


The Recycling Market Development and Planning Section has worked with the state's local solid waste authorities and others continue in facilitating e-Cycling (electronics recycling) projects. The program is has been active in removing e-waste from West Virginia's waste-stream. In 2002, seven SWAs participated in e-Cycling events in 2002, collecting in excess of 274,000 pounds of obsolete electronics. The program has been continued through 2007 as funding becomes available. West Virginia businesses, non profits and government entities are expected to recycle over 1.2 million pounds of obsolete electronics in calendar year 2007. A total of 144,000 lbs. were reported collected for the year 2008, 461 tons for 2009, 409 tons for 2010 and a new high, 2,222,000 lbs or 1,111 tons for 2011.


The 2008 Legislative session produced Senate Bill 746 to further facilitate electronics recycling in West Virginia. The bill requires all manufactures of computers, monitors, televisions and video display devices 4" or larger,  to register with the WV Department of Environmental Protection. Fees collected from the manufactures are put into a special fund which is used, in part, to fund a special electronics collection program. Funds are available to counties and municipalities.


During the 2010 legislative session, Senate Bill 398 passed into law. The bill bans certain electronics from West Virginia landfills and  requires the WV Solid Waste Management Board to design a program for the proper handling of covered electronic devices (CEDs). The Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is required to promulgate rules for the implementation of the enforcement of the program. A copy of the SWMB plan can be found at the following link:

Comprehensive Program for the Proper Handling of Covered Electronic Devices.pdf 


West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board
601 57th Street, SE
Charleston, WV  25304
Phone: 304-926-0448
Toll Free: 866-568-6649
Fax: 304-926-0472