New trash pickup plan to start in Sykesville

July 01, 1996|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Sykesville begins its new trash and recycling schedule this week.

The only town in the county to collect trash itself is cutting residential collection from twice a week to once a week and increasing semimonthly curbside recycling to once a week.

The maintenance department divides the town at Jennifer Way. Crews will collect trash from residents east of Jennifer on Tuesdays and west of the line on Wednesdays. Commercial trash collection continues to be twice weekly.

Curbside recycling will take place every Friday. The town already has distributed to each household a yellow 18-gallon recycling bin and information on acceptable items, such as glass, aluminum and paper.

Councilman Michael Burgoyne, chairman of the Recycling Committee, said the bins should be adequate for most families.

"If the new schedule works, it will go a long way to reducing our tipping fees," said Mayor Jonathan S. Herman.

The town pays the county $45 for every ton of trash hauled to the county landfill. The tipping fees have been largely responsible for several municipal tax increases.

This year, the Town Council expected a decrease in trash hauling costs and voted for a 4-cent reduction in the tax rate to 79 cents per $100 of assessed value. More recycling could mean an even lower tax rate, said Herman.

Crews will continue to collect yard waste, but have limited households to two bags per weekly pickup. Residents must schedule an appointment for bulk trash items.

The committee will work with renters and businesses next. Burgoyne said the panel also will draft a comprehensive trash ordinance during the next few months.

"I commend the committee for the great effort, which will serve the town well," Herman said. "We could potentially lessen use of the landfills and reduce our taxes further."

Pub Date: 7/01/96

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