Sykesville worker seeks baler for recycling paper SOUTHEAST--Sykesville * Eldersburg * Gamber

December 16, 1992|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

Sykesville's recycling center is handling about 10 tons of cardboard and newspaper every three weeks. Randy Hughes knows just how to turn that tonnage into dollars -- if he has a baler.

At Monday's Town Council meeting, he presented numbers and cost estimates in making his pitch for a baler, which can gather trash into bundles and tie them up.

"We could bale just about anything we recycle, including aluminum," said Mr. Hughes, the supervisor of the Bureau of Streets and Sanitation. "More buyers are available for baled items, such as cardboard."

The sales money would "more than pay" for the $100 monthly leasing cost, he said. Buyers pay about $20 a ton for baled cardboard. Filling a ton order each week would be "no problem," he said.

Town Manager James L. Schumacher said the town had applied for a state grant to purchase a baler and was waiting for an answer.

He said he would refer Mr. Hughes' request to the Recycling Committee for consideration.

Mr. Hughes also gave the semi-annual recycling report. "We are well above the county's 15 percent requirement," he said.

Sykesville began curbside pick-up of recyclables last spring and is recycling 15.88 percent of its trash. In October, the percentage rose to 25.6 percent.

Last month, the town added newspapers to the list of curbside items. That program is "really starting to go," with 14 tons collected in the past six weeks, said Mr. Hughes.

"People are really participating," he said. "Our trucks are making a lot more stops."

Sykesville also leads the county in collection of used motor oil, with 6,300 gallons collected in the past six months.

"Our only problem is getting commercial recycling," he said. "We have to push businesses a little harder."

Mr. Hughes said the trucks will also pick up Christmas trees for the town mulching program.

"That worked well last year," said Mayor Lloyd R. Helt Jr. "We got quite a pile of mulch, and residents all got pine seedlings."

In other matters, the Town Council deferred action on Westminster Mayor Benjamin Brown's proposal to promote municipal recycling on radio and television and through fliers in schools.

The program, based on the number of units per town, would cost Sykesville about $500. The Recycling Committee will review the proposal and report next month.

"We don't have the money in our budget," said Councilman Kenneth W. Clark. "I would also like to see if the program works before we commit dollars to it."

The council also finalized a five-year lease-to-buy agreement for a new $57,600 trash truck. Payments, which begin in April, would be $13,488 annually, with a 6.21 percent interest rate. The council had budgeted $16,500 for the purchase.

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