County OKs plan for recycling Program will offer curbside collection

December 03, 1991|By Dennis O'Brien | Dennis O'Brien,Baltimore County Bureau of The Sun

The Baltimore County Council approved a recycling plan last night that will mean curbside recycling by July for 55,000 homes, a pilot program to test curbside recycling countywide and an NTC advisory committee to oversee recycling efforts.

The plan calls for expanding curbside collection of mixed paper to 21,000 homes by April.

The county will expand collection to 55,000 homes by July and offer curbside collection of mixed paper and lawn waste to 155,000 homes -- more than half of the county's 282,000 homes -- by 1994.

Communities are being selected based on the readiness of the trash hauler and the ability of volunteer organizations to promote curbside recycling efforts, Charles M. Reighart, recycling coordinator, said.

The plan also requires a pilot program by March to test the feasibility of curbside recycling countywide and the appointment of a citizens advisory committee by Jan. 1, 1992.

The committee, with an appointee to be named by each council member, would draw up a plan to promote and implement recycling and report its progress to the council each July 1.

The measure, approved last night by a 7-0 vote, represents a plan proposed by County Executive Roger B. Hayden on Nov. 4, amended last week by Councilmen Melvin Mintz, D-2nd, and William A. Howard IV, R-6th, and hammered out in talks yesterday between the council and the executive's staff.

Mr. Mintz emphasized that the county should look at recycling as an economic development tool.

In New Jersey, mandatory recycling programs have meant 40 percent recovery of all recycled materials and have generated 11,000 jobs and more than $1 billion in annual sales of recycled materials, he said.

The county faces a state mandate to come up with a plan to reduce its solid waste by 20 percent by 1994.

The deadline for coming up with a plan is Jan. 1, county officials said. The county now offers curbside collection to 5,400 homes and operates recycling centers in Cockeysville, White Marsh and Halethorpe. Seven volunteer groups also operate drop-off centers, Mr. Reighart said.

But recycling advocates have criticized county officials over the past month for not moving quickly enough.

Recycling areas

The 21,000 homes to be offered curbside recycling for mixed paper by April are in the following communities:

* Central Catonsville (includes Bloomsbury and Oak Forest Park)

* Woodbridge Valley, Ellicott Mills, Drexel Wood and Westerlee

* Dumbarton, Pickwick, Ranchleigh and Summit Park

* Sudbrook Park and Ralston

* McDonogh Township and Queen Anne Village

* The Mt. Carmel-Hereford-Monkton corridor

* Rodgers Forge and Gaywood

* Hillendale, Harford Park and Woodhome Heights

* Central Timonium (projected boundaries: York, Timonium, Pot Spring and Ridgely roads)

* Campus Hills

* Hyde Park, Hartland Run, Hartland Village, Essexshire, Essexshire Gate, Mansfield Woods, Country Ridge, Silver Manor, Fox Ridge Manor

* Darleigh Manor, Silver Spring Station, Joppa Vale, Perryvale, Brookhurst, Arbour Green, Chapel Manor, Chapel Valley, Village of Silver Hall, Perry Hall Park, Silver Gate Village, The Meadows, Perry Hall Village

* Gray Haven

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