Recycling urged to curb holiday waste vTC County plans media campaign

December 08, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Carroll residents will be urged to "recycle more than the holiday spirit" this Christmas as county officials campaign to keep yuletide recyclables out of landfills.

Residents may add non-metallic wrapping paper, Christmas cards, tissue paper and non-soiled paper tablecloths to the county's list of acceptable recyclable materials, said Micki Smith, deputy director of the county's Administrative Services Department.

"There are a lot of things people don't think about as far as recycling at Christmas," said Ms. Smith, who introduced to the county commissioners yesterday a marketing campaign for the holiday recyclables, slated to begin the week before Christmas.

Besides recycling the aforementioned items, the campaign will remind residents to recycle corrugated cardboard and soda bottles and cans -- items expected to be in heavy use over the holidays, she said.

In trying to curb holiday waste, county officials are keeping an eye on Carroll's recycling rate, which reached 15 percent last month. The county initiated a voluntary curbside recycling program in July to meet a state requirement that Carroll recycle 15 percent of its waste by 1994.

Haulers serving the county must provide curbside pickup for customers. Ms. Smith said haulers will be informed about the holiday recyclables.

The county's recycling program includes glass, aluminum cans, plastic, newspapers, office paper and other items, such as tires, old appliances and scrap metals (accepted only at landfills).

The county's marketing campaign will include commercials on five cable channels through Prestige Cable TV, print advertising in local newspapers and public service announcements on radio stations.

Ms. Smith noted that network television stations have broadcast commercials promoting recycling in recent weeks.

"It's something I think we can tag on to," she said.

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