Series of town meetings will tackle trash issues

March 01, 1994|By John Rivera | John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer

County officials and environmental groups are convening a series of town meetings on trash to discuss the 10-year Solid Waste Management Plan, which will determine what we do with what we throw away.

The state-mandated solid waste plan includes ambitious goals for recycling and reducing the amount of trash residents and businesses throw out. But the major issue the county faces -- and the one sure to generate the most controversy -- will be whether to build an incinerator or another landfill.

County residents, public works officials, and ultimately the County Council must decide by July 1995 if Anne Arundel will join neighboring counties in building a regional incinerator.

If Anne Arundel rejects a regional approach, it must, by January 1996, begin the site selection process for a new 500-acre landfill. The new landfill, which would replace the Millersville landfill when it reaches capacity around 2007, would cost about $1 million per acre.

Thomas C. Andrews, the county's top environmental official, said he has doubts about whether Anne Arundel's geology, with its wetlands, critical areas and ground water, will permit a new landfill of that size.

"So we're putting people on notice, saying, 'Look folks, we have to get serious about our options,' " Mr. Andrews said. "Ten years is not a lot of lead time to site anything."

The town meeting schedule is:

* 7 p.m. tomorrow, Arundel Senior High School, 1001 Annapolis Road, Gambrills: County officials will summarize the plan through a short slide presentation, followed by an opportunity for questions.

* 7 p.m. Thursday, Anne Arundel Community College's Pascal Center, 101 College Parkway, Arnold: Local environmental groups present a "Waste Reduction Workshop," which will focus on recycling, composting, waste reduction and concerns about incineration.

* 7 p.m. Monday, Glen Burnie Senior High School, 7550 Baltimore & Annapolis Blvd.: The county's second solid waste plan informational meeting.

* 7:30 p.m. March 10, Elks Lodge, Rowe Boulevard and Taylor Avenue in Annapolis: Forum on the solid waste plan, sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

* 7:30 p.m. March 16: County Council hearing on the solid waste plan. The council must approve the plan, but will not vote at this meeting.

The three-volume Solid Waste Management Plan is available for review at the Department of Public Works, 2662 Riva Road, second floor, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Copies of the plan are also available at the Crofton, Annapolis, North County and Severna Park libraries.

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