Curbside recycling speedup urged Baltimore County Council gets plan for once-a-week curbside pickup.

November 27, 1991|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,Evening Sun Staff

Recycling advocates have taken their case for faster implementation of curbside collections to the Baltimore County Council, which is trying to push the Hayden administration in that very direction.

June Moody, a recycling advocate from Catonsville, yesterday presented the council with a plan for once-a-week trash pickup, reserving the current second day of trash collection for recycling.

Moody said the plan could be implemented long before 1994 by using private contractors who would sell recyclable material to recycling firms. The plan, she said, would save the county money and save trash firms tipping fees at local dumps and incinerators.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden has proposed a go-slow approach, starting early next year with mixed paper collections in 21,000 homes and moving to lawn waste next summer. Under his plan, curbside collection would be expanded to 155,000 homes by 1994.

The council is to vote Monday on Hayden's plan, which is to be submitted to the state as the county's way of achieving the state mandated goal of recycling 20 percent of its trash by 1994.

Moody said curbside collection of bottles, cans and paper "should not be considered a service." It should, she said, be thought of as an integral part of the county's trash-disposal system, which now costs taxpayers $28 million a year.

Moody and several other advocates also told the council that markets for the items collected do exist, and that existing county contracts with area incinerators to provide specific amounts of trash each year can be modified.

Council members William A. Howard 4th, R-6th, and Melvin Mintz, D-2nd, suggested amending Hayden's plan to require quick research into whether the current twice-a-week trash collection could be changed to once weekly for trash and once weekly for recycled materials. But administration lobbyist Pat Roddy objected to a study.

Howard and Mintz also proposed amendments that would hurry Hayden along by setting time limits for progress reports on the recycling plan and by requiring a report on the success or failure of curbside recycling in other jurisdictions by Jan. 1.

But Roddy objected that the proposals would limit the administration's flexibility. Roddy said Hayden doesn't want more studies of other jurisdictions' experiences but wants to try different things to see what actually works in the county.

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