Community Q&a

August 21, 2005

THE QUESTION: After I set my trash out on the curb each week, where does it go?

The trash fairy collects it. OK, seriously trash collected from Howard County homes travels about 100 miles to a private landfill in a remote corner of eastern Virginia. Each night around midnight, about 325 tons of Howard's garbage is sent south from an Annapolis Junction transfer station across the Potomac River on a train to a 630-acre landfill opened in 1996 by King George County, Va., and operated by a huge national company called Waste Management Inc.

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