Recycling contract may need 'adjustments,' county says

February 24, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Carroll commissioners say they may have to make "some legal adjustments" to the county's recycling contract with Waste Management.

The commissioners said Monday that the company has been reporting the number of recyclables collected from county residents, but has not been reporting where the recyclables go once they are separated.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell said he didn't want Waste Management, which operates a processing facility for recyclables in Finksburg, to involve the county in any violation of a state law that mandates recycling.

Commissioners said they are unsure whether the state needs to know how the items were being recycled.

"We need to know whether they [Waste Management] are meeting the terms of the contract and whether we need to do anything," said Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy.

If the county does need to report that information to the state, the contract will have to be revised, commissioners said.

County staff members have been asked to check into the matter.

The commissioners said they had "no major conflicts" with the company. The county last spring awarded a five-year contract to Phoenix Recycling Inc., which later was acquired by Waste Management, to collect recyclables.

Commissioners also said Waste Management has not been separating recyclables at the Finksburg facility, but that was not a concern.

Carroll is recycling 13.5 percent of its trash through a voluntary recycling program, begun in July. Under state law, the county must recycle at least 15 percent of its trash by 1994.

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