Since 2005, the Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan strives to clean up West Virginia and rid the state of unsightly litter. The REAP initiative harbors all of the state cleanup programs within the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection. REAP is a powerful force in the campaign against illegal dumping and littering.

REAP focuses on cleanup efforts from both program staff and volunteers statewide. In a unique partnership, the program empowers citizens to take ownership of their communities by providing technical, financial, and resource assistance in cleanup efforts.

The program derives its authority from the A. James Manchin Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan, pursuant to WV State Code §22-15A.

Dilapidated Structures

The "Reclamation of Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties Program" was created within DEP by the West Virginia Legislature in 2021. Unfortunately, the legislation did not specify any immediate funding source for the program. In March of 2022, the Legislature approved a transfer by the Governor's Office of $10,000,000 to launch a pilot phase for the new program. As a result, grants for the reimbursement of demolition expenses for previously targeted structures in 21 selected towns and counties from around the state began in July 2022.

That pilot phase of funding for demolition of abandoned and dilapidated structures was designed to last one year. It is anticipated that the effort will be expanded in the future to include numerous additional towns and counties.

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  • Adopt A Highway Program

    The Adopt-A-Highway Program is co-sponsored by the Division of Highways and the Department of Environmental Protection. It was established in the late 1980s under the DNR (now a REAP Program) to improve the quality of our environment by encouraging public involvement in the elimination of highway litter. Its objective is to save taxpayers money by increasing public awareness and to serve as an educational tool by focusing on the consequences which result when littering is allowed to continue unchecked. The program offers volunteers the opportunity to take charge of their environment by making a positive effort to create a cleaner, more aesthetic place in which to live.

  • Covered Electronic Device Manufacturer and Retailer Compliance Information

    Senate Bill 746, which became effective June 6, 2008, requires each manufacturer wishing to sell or lease covered electronic devices to register with the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection no later than the first day of January, 2009 and each year thereafter.

  • Enviro-Fact Sheet: Illegal Dumping

    West Virginia has an estimated 15,000 illegal dumps. There is also a large amount of litter and debris along our highways and river banks that results from improper management of solid waste.

  • Free Recycling Takeback Program

    Did you know that you don't just have to send your e-waste (computers, cell phones, and other electronic devices) to the landfill when it has reached the end of its useful life? As of April 2010, the law in West Virginia establishes a registration process for manufacturers of covered electronic devices, to determine if manufacturers have adopted or implemented a takeback/recycling program for their products that is free to the public and to award recycling grants to counties and municipalities for recycling or other programs that divert covered electronic devices from the waste stream.

  • Grant Opportunities

    The Recycling section was established in 1989 to ensure compliance with the West Virginia Natural Resources Laws (Chapter 20, Article 11) before moving to the REAP program. This section is responsible for administering the following programs which have been developed and implemented to meet our goals. We also provide support in the following areas: public education programs and recycling market development.

  • Pollution Prevention and Open Dump Program

    The Open Dump Cleanup Program uses landfill fees to clean up illegal dumps and to gather evidence to prosecute illegal dumping activity. Currently the program has completed more than 15,000 projects that have resulted in the removal of an estimated 147,000 tons of material, including 26,000 tons of steel, 62,000 appliances and over 2,000,000 tires. There are an estimated 15,000 open dumps across WV. The efforts of the PPOD average up to 900 dumps removed yearly, at a total of 9,500 tons/year. With assistance from volunteers, solid waste authorities, and county commissions, PPOD has been able to reclaim 10,504 acres of WV land to date.

    See also:

    • File an Open Dump Complaint

      Submit an open dump report to DEP officials and PPOD personnel to help with the location of dumpsites and prosecution of violators.

  • Recycling and Waste Reduction

    Designed to bury trash, not break it down, landfill contents last a long time. When a landfill closes, the site, especially the groundwater, must be monitored and maintained for up to 30 years! In West Virginia, few existing landfill sites are designed to meet the new guidelines for municipal solid waste disposal. There are several strategies to reduce the amount of MSW that gets disposed of in our state’s landfills.

  • Tire Collection Events

    Each year, REAP's PPOD Program conducts tire collection events across the state. Atleast one collection event is held in each county. During these events, individuals with proof of WV residency can dispose of ten tires in a safe way. PPOD is also responsible for the removal of tires piles located across the state. During 2009, more than 400,000 tires were collected and/or removed from West Virginia's landscape.

  • WV Make It Shine Program

    The WV Make It Shine Program is a comprehensive program aimed at making WV the cleanest state in the nation. Throughout the state, groups of volunteers, businesses, community organizations, and local governments are working to accomplish this goal. It is the responsibility of the WV Make It Shine Program to coordinate the effort of these people to make our state shine. The WV Make It Shine Program is involved in several events each year.

Cleaning garbage out of river
Trash Cleanup Along the River

Tires in creek
Discarded tire in a creek.

Hauling Recovered Tires With Heavy Equipment
Hauling away recovered tires with heavy equipment.


Elkins Make It Shine Scarecrow

Meet the Elkins Make It Shine Scarecrow created by Melodee Price, Elkins Make It Shine Coordinator. The REAP Make It Shine themed scarecrow is fashioned with a trash can for a head, gloves, a litter grabber tool, REAP high visibility shirt, a REAP bag and of course, a mask. You can view this scarecrow and others for two weeks on downtown street during the City of Elkins Annual Scarecrow Festival.

Upcoming Events and Updates

Adopt-a-Highway Spring Cleanup

The spring cleanup is scheduled for April 23, 2022.

Free Day at the Landfill

Most public landfills in West Virginia will offer days where residents can bring their rubbish without having to pay tipping fees. Check with your local Solid Waste Authority for more information.

Get Involved

Help make West Virginia the cleanest state in the nation. For more information or to volunteer call: 1-800-322-5530

REAP In The News

  • New State Law Gives DEP $10 Million to Work with Local Governments to Address Abandoned and Dilapidated Properties

    03/21/2022: Now that SB 722 has become law, REAP will conduct funded pilot demolition projects in communities around the state. The effort will launch this summer and will take place as a larger task of developing a comprehensive statewide program continues. REAP is looking forward to beginning the pilot projects in hopes of receiving additional future funding for the continuation of the program.

  • Clean County and Clean Community Awards

    The City of Vienna and the Berkeley County Solid Waste Authority were the first-place winners as the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan recently announced the recipeints of the Clean Communities and Clean Counties Awards.

  • WVDEP-REAP Approves Nine Applications for 2021 CED Recycling Grants

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Covered Electronic Devices (CED) Recycling Grant Program has approved 9 applications for grants totaling $87,565.

    Established in 2008, the CED Program requires that manufacturers register their brands with the state. The fees collected from this program allow counties and municipalities to apply for CED grants to conduct electronic collection events and support ongoing collection programs.

  • WVDEP-REAP Announced 2021 Litter Control Grant Recipients

    The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection's Rehabilitation Environmental Action Plan announced the recipients of the Litter Control Matching Grants. The grants, awarded to state solid waste authorities, county commissions, and municipalities, totaled $48,367 and were approved for 29 individual applicants.

Make It Shine Scarecrow
Make It Shine Scarecrow

Make It Shine Scarecrow and Mayor Van Broughten
Make It Shine Scarecrow and Mayor Van Broughten