To reach the state-mandated goal of recycling 15 percent of Carroll County's garbage, more densely populated areas will require curbside pickup of recyclables, said James E. Slater, director of the Carroll County Department of Natural Resources Protection.
The county is also planning a new recycling garage at Northern Landfill on Route 140 to replace the barn now used on Route 97. The garage will be made of metal and designed to be flexible enough to adapt to changing needs as the county develops its comprehensive recycling plan, Slater said.
Counties have until 1994 to recycle 15 percent of their waste. Carroll now is recycling about 6 percent, as compared with 3 percent during spring and summer.
Union Bridge is the only Carroll town with curbside recycling, initiated by its trash hauler, Haden Trash Removal. Owner Jackson Haden also owns Phoenix Recycling, which contracts with the county to sort and sell the recyclable materials collected at the barn and at 10 bins placed throughout Carroll towns.
Slater said the placement of more bins throughout the county would be too expensive because of the time, equipment and labor required to empty them.
The county has urged Westminster to consider curbside recycling, but city officials say they can't do it without financial help from the county.
Taneytown Councilman James L. McCarron, a member of the county's Recycling Committee, said his town also is looking into the cost of providing curbside pick-up of recyclables and possibly trash. Taneytown residents now arrange for their own trash pick-up.
In other recycling news, the county expects the arrival of a portable grinder, which it will take to all towns in January to turn Christmas trees into mulch.
Residents may take their trees to drop-off places in each town and receive a coupon that can be redeemed in the spring for a pine seedling, said Dwight Copenhaver, recycling manager for the county.