Harford County to begin single-stream recycling

Will accept bottles, cans and paper in single curbside pickup

expects increases in recycling, savings

May 19, 2010|By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun

Harford County will begin single-stream recycling in September, officials announced, allowing residents to dispose of bottles, cans, paper and other recyclables in a single curbside container.

Officials expect the ease of single-stream collection to increase participation in recycling. They say the move will save the county about $400,000 annually.

Baltimore County has seen recycling increase by a third since beginning single-stream collection in February, officials there say. Trash generation is down by more than 4 percent, which Baltimore County officials say will lead to savings of more than $600,000 annually.

Harford County plans to launch single-stream recycling on Sept. 12. The county's contractor, WM Recycle America, will accept books, aluminum foil, plastic containers and rigid plastic items such as outdoor furniture, coolers, garbage cans, flower pots and toys.

WM Recycle America will no longer accept plastic bags, which can create problems for processing equipment.

The county will mail detailed information and recycling stickers for containers to residents prior to Sept. 12, officials said. More information is available by calling 410-638-3417.

mary.gail.hare@baltsun.com

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