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Keedysville fifth community to offer curbside recycling

March 11, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

KEEDYSVILLE, Md. — Keedysville has become the fifth community in the county to offer curbside recycling, changing its weekly trash collection service to do so, according to Mayor Matt Hull.

The town has gone from garbage collection twice a week to garbage collection once a week and curbside recycling once a week, at no additional cost to town residents, Hull said.

Garbage is collected on Mondays and recycled materials are picked up on Thursdays, Hull said.

The town’s trash hauler, Apple Valley Waste, offered residents the choice of two recycling containers: a bin or a larger container with wheels, Hull said.

Apple Valley Waste started the service in late January and the response among town residents has been encouraging, Hull said.

“We’re already at 60 percent participation,” Hull said.

Hull said residents pushed for curbside recycling because a county recycling bin behind Bonnie’s at The Red Byrd restaurant is often full.

Hull said he hopes the county will not remove that bin, which he said is popular not only with town residents, but with people throughout the southern part of the county.

Washington County spokeswoman Sarah Lankford Sprecher said in an email that the county has not heard any requests from Hull about keeping the recycling bin behind Bonnie’s at The Red Byrd. Hull can contact County Administrator Gregory B. Murray with any concerns, Sprecher said.

Keedysville is the fifth community to offer curbside recycling behind Smithsburg, Clear Spring, Williamsport and Hagerstown.

Washington County will help promote a  private curbside-recycling program to be launched in June by Allied Waste, at which point the county’s unstaffed recycling drop-off bins are to be removed, according to county officials.

Murray has said the increased use of private curbside recycling will allow the county to eliminate its unstaffed recycling drop-off boxes.

The recycling drop-off boxes at the Forty West Landfill and the county’s four unstaffed landfill transfer centers will remain, but the county will begin charging a fee of about $35 a year for using them, Murray said.

Allied Waste’s recycling service will provide biweekly, single-stream recycling pickup to all homes in certain areas of the county that do not opt out of the program, Don Groseclose, Chesapeake area municipal manager for Allied Waste, said previously.

Murray has said Allied Waste indicated it could provide the service for $5 per month per household, but no final figure has been determined.

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