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Most people attending meeting favor curbside recycling in Smithsburg

February 09, 2011|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com
  • Susan Palmer speaks during a public meeting Wednesday night about curbside recycling in the town of Smithsburg.
By Ric Dugan, Staff Photographer

SMITHSBURG — The idea of curbside recycling in Smithsburg received a generally favorable response during a public meeting Wednesday night — although there was plenty of discussion about how the service would be implemented.

About 25 people turned out at Town Hall on West Water Street to hear officials read aloud written statements about recycling submitted by other residents.

Some residents commended the town for considering recycling.

There has also been a push for curbside recycling in Washington County, and some of the issues surrounding recycling in the county surfaced during the meeting.

As far as Terri Callamari was concerned, it was time for Smithsburg to move forward.

"We should be the leaders in Washington County," said Callamari, wife of Smithsburg Councilman Jerome Martin.

 The town currently has yard-waste pickup twice a month and twice-a-week trash pickup. Under the plan being considered, council members will chose between two options.

 Under one option, there will be once-a-week trash pickup, once-a-week recycling pickup and once-a-month yard-waste pickup on the second Wednesday of each month, from April through December.

 The second option is the same as the first, except recycled materials would be picked up every other week, Martin said.

 For recycling, people in single-family homes in town would leave the items at the curb in 65-gallon containers.

Although there was support for curbside recycling, speakers aired a variety of concerns.

 Susan Palmer, who lives on Amanda Drive, said she was concerned about the longer period of time between pickups for yard waste.

 As a result, debris will be "hanging on curbsides" in town, and bags could get ripped apart, Palmer said.

 Fred Hartley of the Dixie Diner restaurant raised concerns about reducing trash pickup to once a week. Hartley wondered how the town will handle the once-a-week service if it falls on a holiday. He also questioned whether all the town's trash could be picked up once a week.

Hartley said there are no problems with the current service.

"If it ain't broke, why fix it," Hartley said.

  Town council members are expected to vote on a bid for the new trash service at their March 1 meeting.

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