December 24, 2007
Efforts to boost recycling collections are getting extra emphasis in Howard and Anne Arundel counties as officials contemplate the looming end of their bargain-price trash disposal contracts. Both jurisdictions have shipped most of their residential trash by train from Annapolis Junction on their common border to a private commercial landfill in Virginia for $33 a ton since the mid-1990s. That contract with Waste Management Inc. will expire in five years, and the cost of any new agreement is expected to more than double.
November 4, 2007
Although she sells a lot of bottled water and soft drinks at Sofi's Crepes, her smaller-than-small shop on Charles Street, Ann Costlow couldn't find room for a recycling bin to process the empties. She couldn't, that is, until she began getting complaints from her customers. "I was like, `Yeah-yeah-yeah, that's great for others, but I don't have the space.' " Costlow said. "But, more and more people started asking me, `Do you recycle?' It became this nagging, ankle-biting thing, until finally, I realized I was beginning to look like I didn't care about the Earth."
August 12, 2007
Sewage amendment hearing on Aug. 28 County staff recently presented to the county commissioners a proposed amendment to Chapter 223 to make the existing zoning text amendment for the storage of sewage sludge (biosolids) permanent. Currently, the storage of dried, pelletized sewage sludge of a Class A grade or equivalent is allowed under specific conditions, but the current text amendment expires Nov. 4. The proposed amendment would make this provision permanent. A public hearing will be held on the proposed amendments at 10 a.m. Aug. 28 in Room 311 of the County Office Building.
April 22, 2007
As part of Howard County's Discover County Government Week activities, to be held through Saturday, tours of several facilities -- the landfill, the recycling center, the water reclamation plant and the new Glenwood Community Center -- are being offered to showcase the county's environmental initiatives. The Department of Public Works will hold tours of the recycling center in Elkridge at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday and Wednesday. Tours of the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville will be offered at 3 p.m. Landfill tours are open to all ages, but anyone younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
December 31, 2006
The Sykesville Police Department has noticed a recent increase in minor crimes. Officials encourage residents to secure their homes and vehicles, and report any suspicious activity, individuals or vehicles in their areas. Residents can call Sykesville Police at 410-795-0757, or 911 in an emergency. Cards made for `Wounded Warriors' Members of the Westminster Rotary Club recently provided Christmas cards for "Wounded Warriors," military personnel recovering from injuries at Walter Reed Army and Bethesda Naval medical centers.
September 30, 2006
Baltimore County opened its first permanent electronics recycling center yesterday at the Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility on Warren Road in Cockeysville. Electronics can be dropped off Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Acceptable items include TVs, VCRs, DVD players, cell phones, stereos, computer monitors and computer equipment (CPUs, mice, keyboards, speakers, printers, laptops, power supplies, scanners, cables and cords). No microwaves or other household appliances or business or institutional material will be accepted.