Two trash haulers face fines and suspensions of their licenses to operate in Carroll for failing to comply with the county's recycling ordinance, a county official said yesterday.
The firms -- Browning Ferris Industries of Baltimore and Benchoff Trash Service of Westminster -- have each been sent a "notice of violation" and have until today to appeal the suspensions, said county Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman.
Unless the firms appeal, their licenses to operate in the county will be suspended, effective Jan. 1, he said.
Both firms have been fined $2,000 for failing to comply with the ordinance, which requires trash haulers to provide curbside pickup of recyclables and to report the amount of recyclables collected to county officials each month.
Mr. Curfman said the firms failed to file recycling reports for October, September, August and July, the month in which the county kicked off its voluntary recycling program. The program also requires trash haulers to be licensed to operate in the county.
"They are not reporting the efforts of recycling," Mr. Curfman said. "If they are doing any recycling, they are not reporting that to us."
A representative at Browning Ferris Industries declined to comment.
Benchoff Trash Service officials could not be reached for comment.
Mr. Curfman said Benchoff officials have indicated that the company would pay the fine and appeal the suspension.
The trash haulers are the only companies to be issued violation notices since the county's voluntary curbside recycling program began July 1. Mr. Curfman said the matter will be turned over to the county attorney's office for further action.
In initiating voluntary recycling, the commissioners -- who scrapped plans for a mandatory recycling program -- are striving to meet a state law that requires Carroll to recycle 15 percent of its trash by 1994.
Since July, the county's recycling rate has climbed from about 6 percent to as high as 15 percent. It dropped slightly in November to 13.5 percent, Mr. Curfman said.
Some towns, such as Sykesville and Westminster, which have mandatory recycling programs, have been recycling at higher rates.