WASHINGTON COUNTY - The Washington County Commissioners have doubled funding for a study to find ways to reduce the amount of trash that is buried at the landfill every year.
The $150,000 study, which will be performed by an outside consultant, will examine not only the feasibility of curbside recycling but will be a full-blown assessment of the county's solid waste system that could include recommendations on things such as methane collection and waste-to-energy incineration.
The idea, County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said, is to "get out front" in the battle to reduce waste.
"How do we stop putting trash in the ground? That is what we're interesting in finding out here," Murray said.
The county buries more than 100,000 tons of waste in the Forty West Landfill every year, Murray said.
While counties such as Frederick and Montgomery have expanded curbside recycling programs and are either using or studying waste-to-energy incinerators, Washington County has yet to adopt such measures.