Commissioners authorize themselves to mandate recycling

April 15, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll's county commissioners overrode opposition from trash haulers and gave themselves the authority yesterday to make recycling mandatory.

They also voted to prohibit county residents from mixing yard waste with trash destined for landfill trenches.

Effective May 1, yard waste must be separated for composting.

The Maryland Delaware Solid Waste Association, a refuse haulers industry group, opposed changing county law to allow the commissioners to require residents and businesses to recycle.

Commissioner Donald I. Dell, who refused two weeks ago to say how he would vote on the enabling proposal, could not be reached for comment yesterday after the vote.

Commissioners Julia W. Gouge and Elmer C. Lippy have said they will not use the mandatory recycling authority unless voluntary recycling efforts drop below the state-mandated 15 percent minimum of the county's total waste stream.

County residents recycled an

average 21 percent of the waste stream from July to December 1993.

Yesterday, the commissioners added a provision to the ordinance that would require a 90-day notice before mandatory recycling becomes effective.

The ban on mixing yard waste with other trash is intended to divert grass clippings, leaves and trimmings for composting, according to a comment the commissioners added to the ordinance.

"The county expects to compost its yard waste and to make the compost available to the public, thus reducing the amount of waste that is landfilled," the commissioners' statement said.

The county public works director, Keith Kirschnick, could not be reached yesterday to discuss how residents will be informed of the regulation regarding yard waste.

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