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Survey seeking Boonsboro residents' opinions about recycling

December 04, 2007|By BARB WETZEL / Recycling Task Force member

BOONSBORO - The newly formed Recycling Task Force is conducting a door-to-door survey of the 1,100 households in Boonsboro to determine how much residents are recycling and what town recycling services they might support in the future.

The task force is chaired by Janeen Solberg and has more than two dozen members. The Boonsboro residents have volunteered their time to work on recycling issues facing the town.

The task force hopes to have the door-to-door part of the survey completed by mid-December, according to Solberg, who asks residents to cooperate if possible.

"We would like to relay your wishes regarding recycling back to the mayor and council, and every opinion is important," Solberg said in information sent to residents.

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The town was forced last summer to have the recycling Dumpster removed from a site behind the Gesac building - the former London Fog factory on Orchard Drive. The town could not maintain the site due to indiscriminate dumping of everything from sofas to computers to household garbage.

That had been the only recycling venue in the town.

"The task force's first priority is to get that recycling bin back in town," Solberg said. "We want to have a convenient place to recycle."

After that, the plan is to work on a possible curbside recycling system for town residents.

The large, green recycling Dumpsters are maintained at the expense of the Washington County Solid Waste Department, but it is up to the town to find a suitable location for the bin.

A couple of sites, including one near the Community Center at Shafer Park, are being considered.

Another responsibility being taken on by the task force will be the monitoring of the recycling bin site so it will be kept tidy and emptied by the recycling company when needed, Solberg said.

The bins now accept cans, glass bottles, and No. 1 and 2 plastic bottles on one side, and newspaper, junk mail, magazines, boxboard and phone books on the other side.

Bins are currently in Keedysville at the Red Byrd Restaurant; Maugansville Ruritan Club; Funkstown Fire Hall; Clear Spring Community Park; Smithsburg Fire Hall; and Sharpsburg Fire Hall.

Hagerstown has four recycling bin sites - the old Ames shopping center on the Dual Highway, South End Shopping Center, Food Lion on Eastern Boulevard and West Hillcrest Road.

All the cans, bottles and plastic do not have to be sorted and can be pitched in the Dumpsters all together, according to the county recycling office. Officials warn, however, that plastic grocery bags, which some people use to transport their recyclables to the bins, may not be recycled there. They must be returned to grocery stores for recycling.

If anyone has questions about the recycling bins or other recycling available in the county, they may contact the Washington County Recycling Office at 240-313-2790 or 240-313-2796.

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