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Association of West Virginia Solid Waste Authorities
2011 Volunteer of the Year
Mike Eltzroth was elected the first Vice Chairman of the Greenbrier County SWA and has continued in that capacity ever since. Mike has been instrumental in working with and helping guide the GCSWA through rough waters to continually improve and enhance solid waste management in Greenbrier County.
At the time Mike was appointed to the board and elected Vice Chairman, the landfill was destined to shut-down. It was unlined; leachate was untreated and discharging into the Greenbrier River. Several hundreds of thousands of dollars were owed on inadequate and unreliable equipment.
With the help of Mike’s dedicated leadership, that same landfill is now an environmental credit to the county and has been recognized by former Governors Manchin III, Wise, Underwood and Caperton for its many environmental improvements. The landfill now has an approved composite liner system, an on-site sewage treatment plant for managing leachate, over three (3) miles of a forced main sewer line to discharge the treated liquid from the landfill into the local public service district’s sewage system where the leachate is again treated before final discharge into the river.
Mike has been instrumental in establishing a solid financial base for future development and solid waste management programs. All equipment is new, owned by the authority and a routine replacement/maintenance schedule has been established.
Mike was actively involved in the successful negotiations with the Coca-Cola Company to donate an old bottling facility located in Ronceverte. The building was initially used to recycle tires and plastics. That same building today serves as the headquarters for the authority and houses the authority’s recycling program.
Mike has remained steadfast in his commitment to recycling in Greenbrier County. The program is now self-sustaining, has recycling in all public schools and most private schools, and accepts electronics full time and in one year alone diverted over 2 million, nine hundred fifty thousand pounds of materials from disposal in the landfill.
Mike has always worked closely with the other dedicated members of the authority. His educational background and skills have contributed greatly to the many improvements to its state-of-the-art landfill and recycling facility.
Mike is a 1971 Graduate of Concord College. Mike has taught school for one year, sold insurance for six months and managed a service station for two years before finding his calling with the health department. Mike has worked for the past 35 years at the Greenbrier County Health Department on environmental issues and threat preparedness.
Mike has been a member of the Elks since 1978 He has been a member of the Emergency Services Council since 1980. He has also volunteered much time with the Emergency Services Council working on terrorism drills and pandemic readiness. Mike has served on numerous health boards as a member and an officer.
Mike has been very active in the local community. He has helped out with the Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and local soccer teams. He has also served on various boards at his church. Most of all Mike is always available 24/7 for anyone with a problem.
Mike is a true volunteer in every since of the word. Not only at the local SWA but to the community that he loves so much.