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NEWS
By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com | August 31, 2011
A standing-room-only crowd showed up at the Eugene C. Smith Community Center Tuesday night, mostly because of the ongoing debate about how to offer recycling in Washington County. Kristin Bowl, one of a handful of residents who spoke about the importance of recycling in a meeting between the Washington County Board of Commissioners and the Boonsboro Town Council, expressed frustration about a lack of expanded recycling services in the county - especially since her kids are taught in school how to "reduce, reuse and recycle.
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NEWS
By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com | August 9, 2011
The Hagerstown City Council said Tuesday it will consider various refuse collection service options before it commits to a new contract starting next calendar year. The city's solid-waste contract is set to expire at the end of calendar year 2011, City Engineer Rodney Tissue said. Tissue presented the council with a list of possible service options to consider including in a bid package he will issue in the coming week. Council members decided to include all 10 of the alternatives listed on the draft bid sheet, and also asked that an option for less frequent yard waste collection be added.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com | August 8, 2011
The clatter of empty Pepsi-Cola cans falling on concrete outside a convenience store in Martinsburg on Monday signaled the formal debut of PepsiCo's national “Dream Machine” recycling initiative in the Tri-State. More than 100 cans spilled to the sidewalk in front of ROCS convenience store at 1100 Shepherdstown Road when Martinsburg Mayor George Karos wielded a large pair of gold-colored scissors to snip the string of dark blue aluminum just above his head. PepsiCo launched the Dream Machine initiative on Earth Day last year with the goal of increasing the U.S. beverage container recycling rate from 34 percent to 50 percent by 2018, according to a news release from the company.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
Councilman voices complaints about dogs in cemetery FUNKSTOWN — Funkstown Councilman John Phillips III said people have been letting their dogs run loose in Funkstown Community Park and Funkstown Cemetery, calling the waste left behind at the cemetery "disgusting" and "disrespectful. " During a Town Council meeting Monday night, Phillips said he had received several calls about people letting dogs run off their leashes in the cemetery. Signs stating "no pets allowed" need to be posted at the cemetery's entrances for enforcement purposes, Phillips said.
NEWS
July 1, 2011
People who have been using the Washington County recycling bins in Funkstown will no longer be able to do so after mid-July. At the request of the Funkstown Volunteer Fire Co., the two county recycling bins at the Funkstown fire station will be removed on July 15, said Cliff Engle, who heads the county's Solid Waste Department. The decision follows the removal of seven county recycling bins from the city of Hagerstown at the beginning of June and one from Smithsburg last week.
OPINION
June 29, 2011
Over the past several years, few issues have caused more outbreaks of hives among local officials than recycling. While Hagerstown and Williamsport offer curbside recycling, and Smithsburg and Clear Spring will begin offering the service in July, the remaining jurisdictions — including Washington County — are spinning their wheels, if they’re trying at all. And every step forward meets with a corresponding regression. Most recently, county representatives decided to remove recycling bins from four locations in Hagerstown, a move the city requested.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | June 27, 2011
Some people accustomed to public recycling in Hagerstown have had to change their routines. At the beginning of June, Washington County removed seven large recycling bins from four public parking lots within the city. As a result, bins at several other public places in the county have been used more often. The bins in Hagerstown were considered a drain on the county and a blight for the city, but were convenient for people who regularly used them to recycle plastic, glass and paper products.
OPINION
June 23, 2011
“My call is concerning the two Greencastle school board phone-in votes to raise taxes. I believe this ... should be illegal. There is no way of knowing who was on the other end of the phone, and since these two were not present, their votes should not count.” — Greencastle, Pa. “If West Washington Street and West Antietam Street both run west to east, how can there be a wreck at the corner of both of them, when they are a block apart?”...
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