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Commissioners favor eliminating recycling drop boxes from Hagerstown

City offer curbside recycling pickup and location leads to abuse of the boxes

April 12, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • A resident places recyclables in a bin at the 40 West Landfill and Recycling Center in this file photo. Washington County is considering raising landfill fees, instituting a recycling fee and eliminating recycling drop-boxes from within the city of Hagerstown starting in July, county officials said Tuesday.
Herald-Mail file photo

The Washington County Commissioners reached a consensus Tuesday in favor of eliminating recycling drop boxes from Hagerstown, but will accept feedback on the idea at a public hearing before finalizing the decision.

Eliminating the drop boxes from the Ames Shopping Center, the former Giant Eagle site, the South End Shopping Center and the former Washington County Hospital site would save the county about $200,000 a year, according to a proposal from the county Solid Waste Department.

The recycling facilities at the Forty West Landfill, the county's four convenience centers and its other seven unmanned drop-box sites would continue to operate.

County Administrator Gregory B. Murray said the Hagerstown drop boxes were proposed for elimination because the city offers curbside recycling pickup and the city's population density leads to more abuse of the boxes by people who dump garbage and furniture, particularly at the beginning of each month when many renters are moving.

The Hagerstown mayor and council have indicated they have no problem with eliminating those boxes, Murray said.

The county will accept feedback on the proposal during a public hearing on the county budget scheduled for May 10.

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