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Commissioner Aleshire supports curbside recycling in Boonsboro

July 23, 2008|By JOSHUA BOWMAN

BOONSBORO -- A Boonsboro woman who has pushed for curbside recycling in the town asked the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday to help fund a pilot program there.

At least one commissioner seemed to support the project, but the commissioners took no formal action to provide funding Tuesday.

Janeen Solberg, chairwoman of a task force formed to expand recycling options in Boonsboro, presented to the commissioners the results of a survey that showed a strong majority of residents questioned would like a curbside recycling program in the town, even if they have to pay for it.

She said the town needs help with initial funding, however, to get the program started.

Solberg asked the Boonsboro Town Council earlier this year to send curbside recycling proposals to waste management companies.

The town council said the county should take the lead on the issue.

"We have the interest in our community and we have the will. What we don't have is the funding," Solberg said.

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Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire said Tuesday he would support funding for a curbside program in Boonsboro, noting that it would most likely fit within the scope of a larger countywide recycling program.

The county is preparing to hire a consultant to study several waste-disposal options that include not only curbside recycling but waste-to-energy converters and sorting facilities.

"Although we don't know what we will end up with in the end, I think curbside recycling will definitely be a part of it," Aleshire said.

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