WESTMINSTER — Western Maryland College, which began a comprehensive campus recycling effort last December, has entered a second phase.
The money forPhase II was provided through a Challenge Grant from developer Martin K. P. Hill of Manchester and from the members of the Class of '91.
Phase I called for the recycling of newspapers and office paper, as well as aluminum cans. A long, red metal bin with four compartments was purchased with the help of the Carroll County Public Works Department to house the initial recyclables.
In Phase II, the college has invested $4,900 of the $8,100 donated by Hill and the seniors fora second bin to hold the new recyclables -- plastic, colored and clear glass, and tin cans.
Other items purchased to expand the recycling program are an additional 50 green bins to hold office paper, 30 gray recycling toters and labels to hold plastic and glass in residence halls and the dining hall, a 90-gallon container to haul tin cans,two red recycling cans for Decker College Center, and two recycling bins for glass and aluminum in the campus Pub and Grille.
Phase I provided for green recycling bins for offices; 60 red metal drums placed near vending machines; a cardboard recycling center used by the bookstore, dining hall and copy center; and black drums which student groups could use to recycle aluminum as a fund-raiser for their organizations. So far, five student groups have requested the black containers.
Since Phase I began, the college has recycled 17 tons of material. A savings in paper use is measurable, too. Instead of ordering50 to 75 cases of paper every four weeks, the purchasing agent now has stretched orders for that amount to every five to six weeks.
All recycling efforts have been coordinated by the student, faculty andstaff members of the Advisory Committee on Environmental Matters.
Committee Chair Philip Sayre, vice president for student affairs, said the recycling program has been "remarkably effective, primarily because of the cooperation of all segments of the college community.
"The students, mostly those in the Student Environmental Action Coalition, have sparked the campus interest and pushed the college to implement the recycling project. Faculty, administrators and staff have all pitched in, and the result has been a highly successful and comprehensive program."
DUMP YOUR LEAVES FREE
Bagged leaves may be brought to county landfills free of charge on Saturdays in November.
Residents are asked to make sure leaves are separated from other trash. The residential landfill fee will be charged for all trash brought into the landfills.
A Dumpster will be provided and leaves are to be emptied from bags into the trash bins. Bags should be kept and reused. The leaves will be mulched with recycled Christmas trees.
TOWN SET TO RECYCLE
UNION BRIDGE -- The countydelivered a recycling Dumpster to the town lot at Warehime Alley andElgar Street last week.
Toni Eder, chairwoman of the town recycling committee, said the town will accept clear and colored glass, which must be separated, plastic, and commingled tin and aluminum.
People who live outside the town limits are welcome to deposit recyclables, she said.
SURVEY RESULTS REPORTED
NEW WINDSOR -- The Town Council will hear the results of an opinion survey at its regular meeting 7 p.m. today.
At the council's request,Neal C. Roop conducted the door-to-door survey to determine residents' feelings on mining near town and on joining the National Register of Historic Places.
Also on the agenda will be a vote on annexing the 22-acre Gullo property, south of town. The town had a public hearing on the annexation at its September meeting.
CABLE HEARING SET
MOUNT AIRY -- At its regular monthly meeting Monday, the Town Council scheduled a public hearing whether a second cable television company should be invited to town.
The hearing,which will precede the December council meeting, is set for 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, at Town Hall.
The council has considered extending a cable franchise to Frederick Cablevision because of displeasure with the service provided by the Westminster-based Prestige Cable TV of Maryland Inc.
Also on Monday, the council approved four candidates for appointment to the town's ethics commission. The four, who were recommended by Mayor Gerald R. Johnson Jr., are: Richard Swanson, Phil Dorsey, Tim O'Connor and Merton Rhinecker.
UNION MILLS -- A conservationist and an architect will assess the Union Mills Homestead artifacts and house museum the week of Jan. 12 aspart of a $4,000 Conservation Assessment Program grant from the Institute of Museum services.
"We have been wanting to work with our artifacts for quite some time and decided we need professional help toknow what to do first," said Esther Shriver, museum executive director.