Green Bank Sustainable Living Guide

Green Bank Observatory Sustainability Committee

The Green Bank Observatory employees established a sustainability committee in late 2020 to develop new initiatives for local residents to improve their environment and their lives.

2022 Race to Recycle Competition

The slide shown above is from a recap shared by Jesse Bublitz for the GBO Sustainability Working Group. GBO staff recycled over 1 ton of materials during the three week competition in April. This proof of concept shows that recycling is possible despite the challenges faced in our remote location.

Local Food

Green Bank Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays 3-6pm Senior Center parking lot

Pocahontas County Farmer’s Market

Trent’s General Store sell locally sourced products in season, and everything else you need

Frostmore Farms produce and sell maple syrup

Grow Appalachia (High Rocks West Virginia site) garden planning resources

Allegheny Mountain Institute free virtual workshops, in person workshops and events for a fee, farmer’s market and CSAs

Highland County (Virginia) Farmers Market

Horse manure for gardening and composting $10/load, Ashley Sheets moc.l1660404705iamg@1660404705sesro1660404705hecna1660404705mrofr1660404705eppa1660404705

Eggs can be purchased locally from several individuals, including Elaine Sheets moc.l1660404705iamg@1660404705steeh1660404705skzje1660404705

Recycling

Recycling can be dropped off at the Green Box waste collection area in Green Bank which accepts cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, and plastics #1 and #2 from Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 4pm

The Pocahontas County Landfill accepts white goods, electronics, and tires and is open Monday – Friday 8am-4pm

Elkins Metal Recycling

Accepts aluminum, iron-based metals, white paper, magazines, cardboard, and plastics #1 and #2

1404 15th Street, Elkins 26241

Randolph County Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center

24/7 Self Service, see photos below for items accepted
10 Eleventh Street, Elkins, WV 26241

ENTRANCE

ENTRANCE

RECYCLING AREA IN BLUE BUILDING

RECYCLING AREA IN BLUE BUILDING

Elkins Glass Recycling

Brown, Green and Clear Glass is recyclable at 31 Jones Drive, Elkins, WV from Monday – Friday 6 AM – 2 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM, Closed Sunday. Note: Jones Drive is a gravel road, un-named on Google Maps, that branches off of Haddix just after the intersection of Haddix and Andrews St. Sort your glass into the 3 dumpsters.

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

DIRECTIONS TO GLASS RECYCLING

GLASS RECYCLING ENTRANCE, ARROWS AT BINS

GLASS RECYCLING ENTRANCE, ARROWS AT BINS

Elkin’s Walmart and Kroger

Accept plastic bags for recycling in bins located just inside the front entrances. Click here to see a complete list of what is ok to include.

Earth Day

Wild and Wonderful Earth Day state level celebration and schedule for 2021

The West Virginia SPOT program (Science Public Outreach Team) has several presentations that focus on Earth science. Learn more and see upcoming dates here.

2021 Tree Planting on Green Bank Observatory campus

2021 Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau Road Clean-up in Green Bank