Neall wants county to triple office paper recycling

December 01, 1992|By John Morris | John Morris,Staff Writer

More than 50 percent of the paper goods purchased by the county government are recycled products, including the toilet paper and tissues used in public restrooms.

But for County Executive Robert R. Neall, it's not enough that the county uses recycled products.

Mr. Neall wants county workers to triple the amount of office paper recycled during the next three years.

Anne Arundel is one of 32 counties nationwide, including Prince George's and Montgomery, to have joined the Washington-based National Office Paper Recycling Challenge.

The state government is one of three to participate.

The county has made a concerted effort to recycle as well as use LTC recycled products since Mr. Neall kicked off the County Office Paper Recycling program in April 1991, county officials say.

Workers in 24 county office buildings recycle about 22 percent of their office waste paper.

That's 60 tons collected in the past 19 months. They also recycle computer paper and aluminum cans, said coordinator ShirleyHawk.

Mr. Neall's goal is to have county government collect 50 percent of its paper by Sept. 31.

The Anne Arundel County Office of Recycling, which coordinates curbside recycling at more than 60,000 county homes, is conducting "waste audits" at facilities such as the police headquarters in Millersville and the London Town Publik House in Edgewater to find new ways to recycle there.

Small businesses and residents may take white paper and computer paper to the recycling drop-off site at the Millersville Landfill from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. beginning today.

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