Uniform recycling program to end second garbage pickup BALTIMORE COUNTY

August 31, 1993|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

The first phase of a uniform countywide curbside recycling program in Baltimore County begins next month when more than 10,000 households from Overlea to Perry Hall go to a schedule of one trash collection and one recycling pickup a week.

By July 1, 1995, all 200,000 single-family and townhouse residences in the county will have the same "one and one" curbside recycling schedule. About 2,300 residences in the first-phase area now have some sort of recycling program.

County Executive Roger B. Hayden, who announced the first-phase location Friday, said that after two years of experimenting with various schedules, "one and one" proved to be the most cost effective.

But for the 1,800 households in the Overlea-Linover community, the change means losing one weekly trash collection. The area has had one of the county's longest curbside recycling programs, begun in November 1990. There trash was collected on Monday and Thursday. Recyclables also were picked up on Thursday.

The new program begins Oct. 11 in an area roughly bounded by Harford and Belair roads, the city-county line and Gunpowder Falls in the northeastern part of the county.

Weekly recycling pickups will alternate between mixed paper and mixed containers such as cans, plastic, and glass.

Grass and leaves will be collected every two weeks from April through December.

The Ridgelys Choice-Scotts Haven area north of Parkville has the other curbside recycling pilot program in the first-phase area. Over 500 households there have two trash collections one week, then one trash collection and one mixed paper pickup the next week.

Kathy Fernandez of the Overlea Community Association said a community survey done about two years ago indicated most residents who recycle preferred a "one and one" program to losing curbside recycling all together.

"But I'm sure some residents are going to be upset by the loss of the one trash collection," said Mrs. Fernandez. "I knew this was coming sooner or later, but as far as I'm aware, the community association has not been notified of the change."

Stephen L. Osborne, public education assistant for the county's recycling program, said each household in the first-phase area will get recycling starter kits before the new schedule takes over. The kits will include a booklet explaining the program and a schedule.

Mrs. Fernandez also said the program "will force residents to be more conscientious about recycling unless they want a lot of trash to pile up between collections," added.

Overlea-Linover and Campus Hills in the Towson area are the only two pilot recycling programs that include pickups of all mixed paper, mixed containers, grass and leaves. Some of the county's 45 other pilot programs have only mixed paper pickups or mixed containers, said Mr. Osborne.

"Most of our curbside recycling pilots have just mixed paper," he said.

RTC Seven of those 45 pilot programs have the "one and one" collection schedules that will become standard in the county.

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