Glass Recycling Is Cut From Proposed Program

August 11, 1991|By Alan J. Craver | Alan J. Craver,Staff writer

Don't plan on having trash haulers pick up bottles and other glass when the county launches its voluntary recycling plan in January.

County Executive Eileen M. Rehrmann is temporarily dropping glass collection from her proposed recycling plan. The reason: Tests showed that the glass tears the blue plastic bags she is proposing be used for placing recyclables in for pickup. Much of the glass shattered and ripped the bags during the tests, said George Harrison, spokesman for the county.

Rather than delay the County Council's review of the entire recycling program, Rehrmann withdrew glass collection until trash haulers and the county find a way to collect it so that it won't damage the bags, said Harrison.

"We fully admit that there is a problem (with the glass) and we want to correct it," Harrison said. "We don't want this to be a stumbling block for the whole program."

The tests, conducted by the Northeast Waste Authority during the last two weeks ofJuly, included 300 bags of recyclable materials from Anne Arundel County, Harrison said. The authority, which operates Harford's waste-to-steam plant on Aberdeen Proving Ground, processes materials from Anne Arundel at the plant.

The county did not experience any problemswith the bags containing aluminum cans, plastic materials, newspapers and lawn clippings, Harrison said.

Rehrmann's recycling plan will be introduced to the County Council at the Sept. 3 meeting. The administration wants the recycling program in operation by January. Before then, county administrators plan to set up an education program for private haulers on the proper handling of recyclables.

Glass would account for about 3 percent of the total amount of recyclable materials the county expects to collect, Harrison said. The county expects to collect between 41,000 and 47,000 tons of recyclable materials between the start-up of the collection program and 1994.

There's a chance that the county will add glass collection to the program by the time itis ready to start, Harrison said.

Meanwhile, residents can continue taking glass products to the Susquehannock Environmental Center, located on Tollgate Road in Bel Air, or to neighborhood collection sites for recyclable materials, Harrison said.

In the proposed voluntary plan, residents will have to sort their garbage, pack thematerials in separate bags, and put the blue bags at the curb to be picked up.

Every household will have to pay a monthly recycling fee of about $2 in addition to the regular trash service charge, which averages $8.

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