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Commissioners discuss curbside recycling again

Aleshire repeats support for program

Aleshire repeats support for program

November 03, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

Discussion continued Tuesday among the Washington County Commissioners about whether to pursue a curbside recycling program or simply to work harder to promote the county's recycling drop-boxes.

Commissioner James F. Kercheval had asked solid waste department staff to research the effectiveness of educational campaigns for improving recycling rates using drop-off bins only. Clifford J. Engle, who heads the department of solid waste, reported Tuesday that documentation on drop-box only educational impacts was very limited.

Some promising statistics came from the town of Boonsboro, where drop-box tonnage has increased 48 percent since 2006 as a recycling task force has worked to promote recycling, Engle said. The task force's efforts included a survey, the distribution of fliers and the creation of a Green Fest event, he said.

Boonsboro's increase in recycling probably reflects its growing population, and it is impossible to measure the recycling campaign's exact impact on recycling rates, Engle said.

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Commissioner Kristin B. Aleshire repeated Tuesday that he is convinced curbside recycling is the right thing to do in Washington County.

"I think it is a good long-term benefit, I think it's the right program to address the need and I would just reiterate again Congressman (Roscoe) Bartlett's comments ... that the dumbest thing we can do is continue to bury our trash," Aleshire said. "I just think if we leave this item on the table in the remaining year and a couple months that we have (in the commissioners' terms), I think it would be a loss."

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