Circuit-riding recycling effort planned

April 22, 1994|By Donna E. Boller | Donna E. Boller,Sun Staff Writer

Carroll's commissioners decided yesterday to put some of the county's 13 red recycling bins back in service -- some of the time.

The commissioners plan to institute a circuit-riding recycling service that will rotate a bin to each of four sites two Saturdays a month. The bins will be available for 6 1/2 hours at each site for county residents to deposit recyclable items in them under supervision by the local Association for Retarded Citizens.

The ARC, which operates Carroll's recycling center under contract, will charge the county $222 a day to provide the bin service, a total of $10,600 a year. The service is expected to start in June.

Tentative sites for the Saturday operations are the Greenmount Senior Center, to serve Manchester and Hampstead; Piney Run Park, to serve South Carroll; Runnymede Elementary School or the closed Bark Hill landfill, to serve Taneytown, Westminster, Union Bridge and New Windsor; and Winfield Elementary or South Carroll High School to serve the southwest county.

Commissioner Elmer C. Lippy said he supported restoring the bin service, "but it grieves me when we're wrestling with [an increase in the landfill] tipping fee, here's $10,500" the county must spend.

The contract approved by the commissioners will cost the county about $4,000 a year more than hiring part-time workers to attend the bins. But the ARC will guarantee supervision at the sites.

The commissioners removed 13 bins from nine sites around the county in March after staff members reported that people were dumping garbage into the bins.

Residents and town officials complained that the county removed the bins without notice. They said residents without garbage collection -- which includes curbside recycling pickups -- were left without convenient places to take recyclables.

County Comptroller Eugene C. Curfman took issue yesterday with a reported complaint from Union Bridge Mayor Perry L. Jones about removal of the bins. Micki Smith, county deputy administrative services director, reported to the commissioners that Mr. Jones sought a permanent bin for his town.

The Union Bridge bin "has been gone six months or more," Mr. Curfman said. He said the bin was removed because it generated less than 1 ton of recyclables a month.

When they were spread throughout the county, the 13 bins generated an average of more than 100 tons of material a month between July and December 1993.

Recycling manager Vinnie Legge said no decision has been made on what to do with the remaining bins.

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