June 26, 1994
Carroll's commissioners pledged Thursday not to shelve a citizens group's study that concluded the county should forget about building an incinerator.But the county's governing board does not have a timetable for a decision on how Carroll should dispose of its solid waste. The 15 to 18 active members of the waste-to-energy committee recommended that the commissioners find ways to increase recycling, which would extend the life of county landfills, and build a waste composting facility to convert up to 70 percent of the trash into compost.
June 20, 1994
Howard County's waste disposal plan, which the County Council approved this month, isn't exactly marching orders to solve the county's garbage problems into the next century. Rather, it is a broad outline of possibilities the county can pursue, each heavily dependent on the other.The plan assumes that at some point, not made clear in the document, people will either want to or be forced to deal with the mounting waste dilemma. This may be the most formidable obstacle of all; the traditional methods of waste disposal -- landfills and incineration -- have been found wanting, yet public opinion hasn't embraced any of the available options that lie ahead.
March 27, 1998
Westminster Common Council has awarded the city's trash-collection contract for the next five years to York Waste Disposal Inc., the low bidder.The cost is about 11 percent lower than the city pays now, Thomas B. Beyard, director of planning and public works, told the council before the unanimous vote.Councilman Stephen R. Chapin Sr. recommended the contract after visiting York Waste Disposal's operations -- "tripping through the trash.""I was impressed," he said. "I'm sort of a nuts-and-bolts kind of guy. I've got to see it."
November 15, 1993
James Pittman, a former deputy director of waste management for the Maryland Department of the Environment, has been hired to oversee the county's trash collection and landfills.Mr. Pittman, who begins work today, will become the deputy director of operations for waste management services in the Department of Public Works. He replaces John Zohlen, who resigned for personal reasons in July.Mr. Pittman worked for the MDE for six years. He holds a master of science degree in environmental engineering and has concentrated in the field of waste management throughout his career.
April 19, 1991
Anyone looking for a quick solution to the proposed Annapolis landfill expansion will not find it in a long-awaited consultant's report released to city and county officials this week.County and city leaders who met for three hours Wednesday to study the report were not satisfied with the accuracy of figures used to estimate the long-termfinancial impact of various alternatives to Annapolis' waste problems, said Walter Chitwood, assistant to the county executive."There were some areas where the consultant had not understood financial plans, or where the city's thinking had changed and the information was not current," said Chitwood, who refused to discuss details.
February 8, 1994
When the owners of the Pulaski Highway incinerator in East Baltimore recently hinted they might replace the old plant with an updated facility that could serve much of the metropolitan area, they offered an encouraging sign that a regional approach to solid-waste disposal might actually stand a chance of becoming a reality.Since at least the early 1980s, top officials of the metro jurisdictions -- Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties -- have discussed taking just such an approach.