Officials weigh options for red recycling bins

April 13, 1994|By Kerry O'Rourke | Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer

The fate of the red recycling bins remains undecided.

Carroll County Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman yesterday gave the county commissioners several options for using the bins, but the commissioners made no decisions.

Last month, the commissioners removed 14 recycling bins from locations around the county because people were tossing garbage in them.

Carroll mayors and residents complained that the 1-ton bins were removed without any notice and said the containers are needed.

"I wouldn't mind putting some of them back," Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said.

But, he added, "I question the need for it," saying the bins were providing free dumping for surrounding counties.

Mr. Lippy said he believes residents from adjacent counties throw their recyclables and garbage in the red bins. The only people who should be using the bins are Carroll residents who do not live within a town's boundaries. Town residents have curbside recycling service.

Mr. Curfman, who presented a number of options developed by county Recycling Manager Vinnie Legge, said the bins should be located in rural areas of the county.

Ms. Legge suggested four sites:

* Greenmount Senior Center to serve Manchester and Hampstead.

* Piney Run Park to serve South Carroll.

* Runnymede Elementary or the closed Bark Hill Landfill to serve Taneytown, Westminster, Union Bridge and New Windsor.

* Winfield Elementary or South Carroll High to serve the southwest part of Carroll.

A bin would be placed at each site two Saturdays a month and monitored by two part-time workers. If the employees worked 6 1/2 hours a day for $5 per hour, the cost to the county would be $6,240 a year, Ms. Legge's memo said.

The county also could hire workers from the Association for Retarded Citizens to monitor the bins at the four locations. Association workers currently monitor the recycling bins at the Northern Landfill. That option would cost $10,656 a year, the memo said.

If the county contracted with a hauler to monitor the sites, the cost would be high, possibly $95 per hour.

In her memo, Ms. Legge also suggested not using any red bins and encouraging residents to haul recyclables to bins at Northern and Hoods Mill landfills.

She also wrote that the county could make recycling mandatory and create a uniform countywide collection system for garbage and recyclables.

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