Wednesday's decision by the county commissioners to take the red recycling bins from 10 locations around the county came on the heels of a request by the Hampstead council to remove that town's bin.
Hampstead council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to ask the county to remove their recycling bin within 15 days. The bin, on the post office parking lot, is used by out-of-town residents as a dump, they said.
County officials said they decided to remove all of the bins because up to 40 percent of their contents were nonrecyclable.
Any loads with more than 10 percent nonrecyclable material can BTC be rejected by Phoenix Recycling of Finksburg under terms of its contract with the county.
"The condition of that recycling bin I refer to as a dump, and it is pretty near that," said Hampstead resident Oden Kemp. "People visit the town to go to the post office, and it's a truly nasty sight. I think it is in the best interests of the town to ask it be moved."
Mr. Kemp said town employees had done a good job of cleaning up the litter for two weeks. However, he said he felt it was unfair for town tax money to go toward cleaning something the residents didn't use.
"People have no regard for others," he said, noting that paper and cardboard were often left outside the bin. Plastic containers not placed securely in the bin were blown into the streets.
"I pick up plastic almost every week," Mr. Kemp said. "I don't mind doing it because I have a little extra time. But it is unsightly."
Mayor C. Clinton Becker agreed that the bin should be removed, but warned that people may continue to dump items into the lot.
"My concern is that if you remove the bins, you are not removing the problem," he said.
County residents who are not taking advantage of curbside recycling services may contact their hauler for details on pickups.
All haulers licensed to collect trash in Carroll County must provide curbside recycling to their customers.
Recyclable items also may be dropped at the Recycling Center at Northern Landfill from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday and at areas in the Northern and Hoods Mill landfills from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.