Curbside recycling is being expanded

February 11, 1994|By Patrick Gilbert | Patrick Gilbert,Staff Writer

Some 15,700 Towson area households will get "one-and-one" curbside recycling collections beginning March 21, the largest single expansion of the program since Baltimore County started the pickups in August.

The residents will get one regular trash collection and one recycling pickup each week, instead of the two trash pickups they get now. Recycling collections will alternate weekly between mixed containers, such as bottles and cans, and mixed paper.

The Towson area is large enough that curbside recycling will be added in several phases, this one being the first, said Charles M. Reighart, the county's recycling coordinator. The schedule for the other phases is not firm.

Residents in the Phase One area will receive recycling starter kits in early March explaining one-and-one recycling and collection schedule for trash and recyclables. The area includes much of Towson and Lutherville, along with Hillendale, Loch Raven Village, Knettishall and parts of Parkville and Carney.

Until now, the largest area added to the program covered the Overlea, Parkville and Perry Hall communities, with about 10,000 households, Mr. Reighart said.

The addition of the Towson-area brings to 52,900 the number of homes with one-and-one curbside recycling.

An almost equal number have some other form of curbside recycling collection, many under programs begun as experiments before the county settled on the one-and-one plan.

The county hopes to have all 200,000 single-family households in the program by July 1995, Mr. Reighart said. Neighborhoods with other curbside recycling schedules eventually will be converted to one-and-one pickups.

"We're moving at a fairly fast pace to implement the one-and-one program and, hopefully, will add an average of 10,000 households a month until we meet our goal," Mr. Reighart said.

As the curbside recycling program continues to expand, volunteer-operated recycling centers close. The White Marsh-Perry Hall center in the IKEA parking lot next to the White Marsh Mall closed Jan. 30, after 2 1/2 years of operations.

Other drop-off centers still operating include the bTC Towson-Parkville Center in the Allied Signal parking lot at La Salle and East Joppa roads, the Owings Mills Center at the MTA Parking Lot D off Painters Mill Road and the Milford Mill Center at the MTA East parking lot on Milford Mill Road.

Mr. Reighart said the Towson-Parkville center probably will close after all of Towson is completely served by one-and-one pickups.

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