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Boonsboro mayor says town will consider recycling next year

Town probably will seek new bids for trash service in the spring

November 08, 2011

BOONSBORO — Although some Boonsboro officials have said in the past that they did not believe the town could afford curbside recycling, Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. said this week that the service likely will be considered next year.

The town's garbage-hauling contract will expire in July, and the town probably will seek new bids for trash service in the spring, Kauffman said during a Boonsboro Town Council meeting Monday night.

Kauffman said he expects the council to consider a variety of options for offering curbside recycling and trash pickup. He also expects there will be a public hearing on the issue.

Recycling has been a popular issue in the town, as illustrated in August when a standing-room-only crowd showed up at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center, mostly because of the ongoing debate about how to offer recycling in Washington County.

While the city of Hagerstown and some towns offer curbside recycling, the county currently offers only drop-box recycling options.

The number of drop-box sites has been cut back dramatically in recent months as host sites have requested their removal due to trash and overflow at the boxes.

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— Dave McMillion

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