Trash hauling companies doing business here want to know what changes the county might make to meet the state-mandated goal of recycling 15 percent of its solid waste by 1994.
"We want to know what the county's doing before we spend money (on recycling equipment)," said Joe Bolm of General Sanitation Service of Frederick.
Bolm was among the representatives of 14 companies that have contracts with towns or residents in the county to haul trash. They attended the second of a series of quarterly meetings set up by the county Department of Natural Resources Protection.
Department Director James E. Slater said he started the meetings to keep haulers informed of what the county is doing, and to get input from them.
The haulers pay fees to the county to put their collected waste in Northern Landfill, run by the Department of Natural Resources Protection.
A few companies also haul recyclable materials, but most county recycling now is done by people taking their materials to 10 red bins placed in each town.
Bolm said smaller companies are hesitant to invest money in trucks designed for picking up recyclables until they know how the county wants the materials handled. For example, some trucks are designed with compartments to separate glass from metal and other materials, while others are designed for mingling the materials and separating them later.
The state requires that Carroll and other counties of similar population recycle 15 percent of their solid waste by January 1994.
The county's plan for recycling is still evolving, but will at some point have to include curbside pickup of recyclables to meet that goal, Slater said. Union Bridge is currently the only Carroll town with curbside pickup, which is done by Haden Trash Removal.