Recycling plant to open at Northern Landfill, joining transfer station

Officials, advisory board tour Route 140 facilities

April 01, 1999|By Melody Simmons | Melody Simmons,SUN STAFF

Workers were placing the final touches yesterday on a new recycling plant at the Northern Landfill, where Carroll County officials expect to turn 800 tons of paper and cardboard trash each month into usable goods.

The 10,000-square-foot facility will open in mid-April and be run by Partners Quality Recycling Services Inc., a Baltimore County business that also handles recycling jobs in Baltimore City, Howard, Harford and Cecil counties.

County officials and members of the Environmental Affairs Advisory Board briefly toured the recycling plant and a new 12,000-square-foot transfer station yesterday. Most of Carroll's household refuse is dumped at the transfer station and scooped into steel containers for a trip to York County, Pa., where it is converted to energy.

The recycling plant will not handle bottles or cans -- those will be shipped for recycling.

The $1 million transfer station opened in January after years of planning and public debate over its mission.

Waste Management Inc. workers there pile up to 500 tons of solid waste into containers daily. Taxpayers pay $42.51 per ton for the trash to be incinerated, plus a small tipping fee levied when the trash trucks arrive at the landfill.

Each container holds 22 tons of trash, said Gary Horst, director of the county's Department of Enterprise and Recreational Services.

"It's a good and simple concept," Horst said. "You pick it up, put it into trailers and that same day, it's turned into electricity. This makes a useful product out of it."

The 200-acre landfill located off of Route 140 is also the site of the 3-year-old Hap Baker Firearms Facility, the only county-owned public firing range in the state and one of the most popular shooting ranges in the region.

Pub Date: 4/01/99

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