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Hearing set on Washington Co. waste, recycling plan

September 19, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN --Citizens will have another chance to offer input on the future of recycling and waste management in Washington County Tuesday when the county holds a public hearing on its latest 10-year Solid Waste Management and Recycling Plan.

The state-mandated document includes waste-related goals, data on waste and recycling in the county, and discussion of various options for extending the life of the landfill, saving energy and protecting the environment.

As part of the preparation process for the latest version of the plan, a major rewrite that updates it for the years 2011 through 2021, the county held public input meetings in May 2009 in Boonsboro, Smithsburg, Hagerstown and Hancock. The draft plan was also advertised for a 60-day review period in March and April.

On Aug. 2, the Washington County Planning Commission approved a motion that the plan is consistent with the county's comprehensive plan, according to meeting minutes.

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Planning commission members also made several comments about the draft. Planning commission member Terry Reiber said he did not think the county was placing enough emphasis on recycling, and planning commission Chairman George Anikis suggested lowering the drop-off fee for electronics recycling, emptying county recycling bins more frequently and offering paint-disposal options, according to the minutes.

After Tuesday's public hearing, planning staff members are recommending that the Washington County Commissioners adopt the plan and authorize staff to submit it to the Maryland Department of the Environment.

The draft plan is available on the county website at http://www.washco-md.net.

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What: Public hearing on Solid Waste Management and Recycling Plan 2011

When: Tuesday at 1 p.m.

Where: County Administration Building, 100 W. Washington St. in Hagerstown, room 227

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