City officials want county to make recycling easier

April 18, 1994|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Sun Staff Writer

Municipal officials from New Windsor and Union Bridge say county government must decide how to handle the collection of yard waste and other materials before residents lose interest in recycling.

Their concerns follow a decision by county commissioners to give themselves the authority to make recycling mandatory.

"A few months ago, I suggested the towns get together to deal with yard waste, and at that point I thought the answer was a bin," New Windsor Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr. told Commissioner Julia W. Gouge last week. "I tried to motivate the mayors, but then it wasn't a pressing issue.

"Now, Waste Management is no longer accepting yard waste, and people want to know what to do [with the clippings]."

Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones Jr. also voiced concern about yard waste. He said residents are becoming discouraged by the preparations they must make for recycling items -- such as cutting all cardboard in 3-foot-by-3-foot squares.

"All these regulations on recycling are making people say, 'To heck with it,' " Mr. Jones said. "Pretty soon they're just going to stop doing it altogether because they're not going to get any incentive to do it."

Mr. Gullo and New Windsor Councilman Terry Petry spoke with Mrs. Gouge during a public meeting she scheduled Thursday night to hear the concerns of residents in northwest Carroll County.

No residents showed up, so Mr. Gullo and Mr. Petry had Mrs. Gouge's undivided attention. Mr. Jones arrived as Mr. Gullo and Mr. Petry were leaving, but his concerns about recycling were the same.

Mrs. Gouge said that the commissioners are looking into the county's options concerning recycling and composting, including an increase in the county landfill tipping fee.

The commissioner said she doubted residents would support Commission President Donald I. Dell's suggestion to charge residents for bringing yard waste for mulch to the landfill.

Mr. Gullo and Mr. Jones said residents probably would turn away from mulching if they faced an extra charge.

"If only we could encourage people to do it in their own back yards," Mrs. Gouge said. "But they don't want to see that little mess pile up in their yard."

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