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Recycling survey: Most Boonsboro residents favor curbside pickup

January 16, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO ? The recycling bin she faithfully dumped her plastic bottles and aluminum cans in for years was removed about seven months ago.

So, Boonsboro resident Jenny Sarnecki says her family began to store recyclable items in their garage.

"I just couldn't bear to put it in the trash," she said.

By December, when the town's recycling bin was replaced, Sarnecki said about one-fourth of the garage was filled with recyclables.

Now, her family is taking those items bit by bit to the town's new recycling bin at the park and ride at the corner of Md. 67 and Alternate U.S. 40.

She's also helping the town's recycling task force find ways to encourage more recycling in Boonsboro. The task force formed shortly after the recycling bin that was behind GESAC Inc. was removed.

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Boonsboro's town council removed the bin after comparing the collection area to the county dump.

Residents favor curbside recycling even at additional cost

The task force has met regularly since then, and has surveyed several hundred town residents, said Janeen Solberg, task force chairwoman. The consensus is that residents are in favor of having curbside recycling in town ? even if that would mean an additional fee.

Town Manager Debra Smith said that any costs associated with curbside recycling would be passed on to residents because the town's trash pickup costs recently spiked, without an increase in fees.

Kathy Vesely, a member of the task force, said the group's goal is to have curbside recycling in town.

"I think it's very important that we save as many resources as we can," she said. "The landfills are filling."

There are 16 recycling collection points in Washington County, according to Harvey Hoch, the county's recycling coordinator. He said that more than 2,000 tons of materials are recycled annually in the county.

Like Sarnecki, Barbara Wetzel said she used the recycling bin in Boonsboro for years. It wasn't until it was gone that she realized how much she recycles.

She's hoping that other residents do the same, said Wetzel, who is a member of the task force.

"I think everyone should do their part in helping the environment," she said. "Everyone can do their small part."

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