Mayors ask county to provide bins for yard waste

January 19, 1994|By Staff Report

The mayors of New Windsor and Hampstead have asked the county to provide bins where residents could drop off yard waste in the same way they drop off recycleables.

The commissioners have taken no action.

Bins would cost about $4,000 each, said Keith Kirschnick, director of public works for the county.

Mr. Kirschnick looked into the cost and practicality of the bins and reported to Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy yesterday.

Commissioner President Donald I. Dell was attending another meeting and Commissioner Julia W. Gouge is home recovering from a fall on the ice last week.

The mayors requested the bins from the commissioners, who asked Mr. Kirschnick to look into it, the director said.

"It keeps the yard waste out of the landfill, and that of course is our goal," Mr. Kirschnick said. "But it would be nice if the towns could maybe find a way to set up something or have a site, as opposed to us hauling it back [to the landfill]."

The county occasionally sends a chipping machine to towns after residents have collected yard waste in a designated spot.

County workers mulch the grass, leaves, branches and other plant waste and leave it for the towns to distribute to residents to fertilize their gardens and lawns.

Mr. Kirschnick said he prefers expanding on that idea, rather than providing more bins.

The bins now used for recycling have caused problems when people contaminate them with garbage or leave other debris around them.

"We're not enthusiastic about that particular method," he said.

"It does invite people to throw [garbage] when you have a bin just sitting there. It's hard to police unless they're in an enclosed area," he added.

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