WASHINGTON COUNTY -- A curbside recycling program could cost anywhere from $300,000 to $3 million per year depending on where the county implements it, Washington County Deputy Director of Environmental Management Clifford J. Engle told the Washington County Commissioners on Tuesday.
If the county implemented a curbside recycling program only in the county's incorporated towns, it would cost between $302,203 and $345,145 per year for collection and other operating costs, Engle said. To include the entire county, except for the City of Hagerstown, would cost between $1.7 million and $2 million per year, and for the entire county, including Hagerstown, would cost between $2.6 million and $3 million, Engle said.
That's in addition to the purchase of household recycling bins at about $44 each, he said.
Engle said he recommended using single-stream recycling, in which all recyclable materials are collected in one container, and charging households about $60 a year for collection.