Recycling opportunities in Boonsboro

March 03, 2009

BOONSBORO - Recycling in Boonsboro has been so successful that it has created an inconvenience for some residents who find the Dumpster jam-packed when they arrive.

Timing is everything when it comes to using the only recycling facility for town residents.

The recycling container - in the Park-n-Ride lot near the intersection of Alt. Rt. 40 and Md. Rt. 67 - is being emptied practically every other day, according to Boonsboro Recycling Task Force members who monitor the Dumpster and the grounds on a daily basis.

There's no set schedule for emptying the Dumpster, according to Harvey Hoch, Washington County recycling coordinator, who explains that, for economic reasons, it is emptied only when it is full.

Each time a single Dumpster is emptied by Allied Waste, it costs the county approximately $150, according to Hoch.

"I can see why someone who recycles every Sunday would feel that the Dumpster is 'always' full," says Janeen Solberg, chairwoman of the Task Force, who also serves as the Sunday Dumpster monitor.


"It is usually emptied either Friday or late Saturday. But the paper side, especially, could be packed by midday Sunday."

"If it's full one day, please try the next day," Solberg said.

Recycling tips

o Do not leave any materials on the ground. Place all recyclables in the Dumpster. If there isn't room, return another day or find a Dumpster at another location, such as at the Red Byrd in Keedysville or behind the Funkstown fire station near the bridge.

o Corrugated cardboard: Only recycle pieces measuring 2 feet by 2 feet and smaller. Please tear or cut down to size.

o Plastic bags: Do not put any plastic bags in either side of the recycling Dumpster because it is not accepted in the county's recycling program. Plastic grocery bags can be recycled at most area stores.

o Plastic newspaper bags: Call the newspaper; your carrier might pick up batches for reuse.

o Aluminum foil: Can be recycled if it is clean.

o Gift wrap: Cannot be recycled because some materials used in production could contaminate a batch of recycled paper.

o Cans and bottles: Steel or aluminum cans may be recycled, as well as Nos. 1 and 2 plastic bottles and containers; and all colors of food-grade glass containers (not window glass, mirrors, etc.). Place loosely in commingled side of Dumpster; do not leave cans and bottles in plastic or paper bags.

o Shredded paper: Place in paper bag. Do not put loose shredded paper in Dumpster because it is difficult to recapture when paper is bundled for shipment.

For more information, go to or call 230-313-2790.

Green Fest set

The first Green Fest will be Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Shafer Park in Boonsboro. Admission is free.

The event will feature educational exhibits, displays and demonstrations, as well as vendors of eco-friendly products.

Vendors and exhibitors interested in participating may contact Green Fest Chairwoman Jenny Sarnecki at for more information. The deadline to reserve a space is March 20. There is a $20 refundable deposit for all exhibitors.

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