MOUNT AIRY -- Mandatory recycling is coming to town. Get ready.
About 25 percent of town residents now recycle, but beginning July 7, everybody will have to.
"We're talking about serious recycling," Mayor Gerald R. Johnson said. "All we're doing is asking for your cooperation."
About 30 people attended a meeting last night at Mount Airy Middle School to hear details about how the town will collect trash and recyclables.
Not all of them were happy about the town's decision to collect trash once a week instead of twice.
Beginning in July, Fogle's Refuse -- the town's hauler -- will pick up trash every Tuesday and recyclables every other Wednesday.
"Joe six-pack doesn't appreciate it," said Jay Carswell, 29. "Life is complicated enough in 1992 without me sorting through my garbage."
Residents expressed concern about smelly garbage -- dirty diapers, crab pickings and rotting food -- sitting on curbs waiting for weekly pickup. They said they weren't against recycling, but didn't want trash accumulating.
The state has mandated that Carroll recycle 15 percent of its solid waste by 1994. Frederick must recycle 20 percent, said Wendy W. Peters, chairwoman of the town's recycling committee.
The town is recycling to comply with the law, but also to save money, the mayor said. Landfill fees have increased in both counties.
Residents will have to do minimal sorting, Councilman William E. Wagner said. Aluminum, glass, cans and plastic will go in one container, paper and cardboard in another. He said the town could try once-a-week trash pickup for three months and see how it works. Businesses also will be required to recycle, but pickup probably will be more frequent, Wagner said.
At its June meeting, the council will determine penalties for residents and businesses that do not recycle, he said.
No penalties have been decided, he said, but added, "We probably won't pick up their trash."
A 70-year-old resident who came to the meeting with his wife said they haven't started recycling, but came to the meeting last night to find out how to start.
"Time has come for the environment," he said.