Next month, the Kanawha County Solid Waste Authority will officially be out of money.
James Young, the executive director, has even been filling up jugs of water at home, then bringing them to his office in a cramped trailer on Slack Street to save money.
“We’ve been trying to take measures to minimize the losses every month,” Young said.
To date, the Solid Waste Authority has lost $36,951 in the 2015 fiscal year, which ends June 30. It has effectively burned up the nest egg the authority accumulated while a private company operated the Kanawha County recycling plant.
“We knew it wasn’t going to be sustainable,” Young said. “It’s always been inevitable that the funding would run out.”