Litter Control, Solid Waste Management conference set for Oct. 19-21


A three-day conference focusing on recycling, re-use and sustainability is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 19, through Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Pullman Plaza Hotel in downtown Huntington.

The 2014 West Virginia Educational Conference on Litter Control and Solid Waste Management is sponsored by the Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities (AWVSWA) and the state Department of Environmental Protection.

Close to 200 participants are expected to attend, including representatives from West Virginia’s county solid waste authorities and other municipal, county and state officials. The conference officially kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19, with the annual business meeting of the AWVSWA.

Among the sessions scheduled over the three-day event are a legislative process and 2014 update; an idea swap and roundtable discussion; community outreach programs; dealing with meth lab waste; and a presentation from Black Dog Salvage, the Roanoke, Va.-based architectural salvage warehouse featured on the diy Network television show “Salvage Dawgs.”

Black Dog Salvage focuses on preserving antiques, as well as vintage commercial and industrial salvage, from old buildings and homes. The company then re-purposes those same items into a variety of architectural and decorative elements to be used again in restoring other historical buildings or to add character to new structures.

Among the scheduled speakers at this year’s Solid Waste conference are Mike O’Dell, assistant superintendent of operations for Cabell County Schools, who will discuss his county’s first Green-certified school, Huntington East Middle; and Sen. Robert Plymale, D-Wayne.

For more information about the conference, contact Carol Throckmorton at the West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board, 304-926-0448, ext. 1671; cell: 304-542-0987, or email:

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Tom Aluise