A large red-lettered sign posted at the Annapolis Recycling Center warns: "STOP -- No Newspapers."
The city stopped taking newspapers at its recycling center on Spa Road two summers ago when the program's costs surpassed the revenue from all recyclables. But the sign tookon new importance since area Giant Food stores ended their newspaperrecycling program Jan. 1.
Flooded with calls from residents complaining about their papers piling up, city officials are trying to set up an interim program until money can be budgeted for a drop-off center.
Meanwhile, residents are being encouraged to take their papers to the nearest county drop-off site.
Recycling efforts could be greatly expanded while residential trash collection is cut in half under a comprehensive new waste-management plan proposed by the city's Department of Public Works.
An 80-page report, which recommended reducing curbside pickups to once a week and privatizing the downtown commercial trash collection, was handed to City Council members Monday night.
Other recommendations in the report include: telling the state government to take care of its own garbage disposal and advising the Naval Academy to take its trash to another landfill.
The city needs a comprehensive plan to cope with the closing of its landfill at the end of June, said John E. C. Patmore, director of public works.
Plans to privatize the commercial collection are likely to win the support of many downtown business owners, who strongly opposed an attempt to hike the city rates last fall. But at least 10 city employees could lose their jobsif the trash hauling is contracted out to a private group.
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has appointed a three-member panel, headed by Alderman Wayne C. Turner, R-Ward 6, to review the report.
In other business Monday night, the council approved expanding Sam's Courner, a restaurant and pub on Fourth Street in Eastport.
The council also passed on seven bills, from hiding trash bins from public view to the mooring of watercraft to making public urination a misdemeanor, to committees for further study.