TANEYTOWN — The recycling committee is expected to present the City Council withbid specifications next month for a curbside recycling program, which could begin as soon as January.
Councilman James L. McCarron, who serves as the council's liaison to the committee, said the group met last week and decided to move forward because of the overwhelming response for recycling at a recent public hearing.
"We thought it prudent to move ahead," he told the council Monday.
Although the county commissioners also are considering a countywide curbside recycling program, McCarron said committee members agreed it would be useful to proceed with a city plan.
"We felt it might still be useful to move ahead with our plan," he said.
He said if the county program, which must be operational by January 1994 to meet state recycling laws, proved more advantageous, the city could then choose to participate with the county.
The city is looking at curbside pickup of glass, cans, plastic and newspapers. The county's plan appears to be broader and might include pickup of glass, metals, plastics, newspaper, cardboard and mixed paper.
McCarron said the committee has some loose ends to tie up. Members plan to visit Frederick County communities, such as Walkersville and Woodsboro, to see howtheir programs work and how they drew up bid specifications.
The committee plans to meet again Nov. 21 to discuss its findings and form its own bid specifications, McCarron said. Specifications, as detailed as possible, will be given to trash haulers that serve the city, he said.
He said the committee should be able to show bid specifications to the council by its Dec. 9 meeting. The program must win City Council approval, and the council is responsible for awarding a bidfor the plan.
"We want to move forward," McCarron said.
City Manager Neal W. Powell said interest in recycling in the community is "almost overwhelming." He said there remain some who are opposed to acurbside program, but "by and large the majority certainly wouldn't be."
He said it was likely the city would continue to maintain a recycling bin at Taneytown Memorial Park. He said many people who liveoutside the city limits drop off recyclable materials there.
"I think it would stay there for the time being, unless (trash haulers) branch out on their own or the county does something," he said.
Theonly Carroll community with curbside recycling is Union Bridge, which has had a program in place for about two years.
Carroll County is one of the last jurisdictions in the state to put a recycling plan in place. Under state law, by 1994 the county must recycle 15 percentof its trash.