New director to oversee waste disposal

November 15, 1993

James Pittman, a former deputy director of waste management for the Maryland Department of the Environment, has been hired to oversee the county's trash collection and landfills.

Mr. Pittman, who begins work today, will become the deputy director of operations for waste management services in the Department of Public Works. He replaces John Zohlen, who resigned for personal reasons in July.

Mr. Pittman worked for the MDE for six years. He holds a master of science degree in environmental engineering and has concentrated in the field of waste management throughout his career.

In taking over the county's waste disposal services, he faces a challenge in managing what has been a troubled area over the past 2 1/2 years.

Residents near the county's Millersville Landfill are opposing efforts to build the last planned disposal cell. Residents contend the new cell will be closer to homes than allowed by law.

County officials counter that when the landfill plans were approved in 1974, no homes were built there.

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