Baltimore County Now
Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Recycling Division Intern
With 2014 just around the corner, it’s time to start brainstorming some New Year’s resolutions! This year, why not make a resolution that will not only benefit you, but also the world around you? We would like to encourage you and your loved ones to make a resolution to recycle more in the upcoming year. Up to 50 percent of the material the average household throws away is recyclable, but the county’s residential recycling rate for 2012 was only 14 percent.
Recycling benefits the environment in a multitude of ways. Recycling used materials allows us to preserve natural resources for the future. It also curtails pollution by reducing the demand to extract, transport, and process raw materials, saving valuable time and energy. Choosing to recycle materials rather than disposing of them relieves pressure on the County’s only active landfill, which is already half full. The more material residents recycle, the longer we will be able to delay the need for the construction of a new County landfill.
If you’re still not convinced, you may be interested to know that with the recent opening of the county’s new single stream Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in Cockeysville, recycling has become even better for the county’s bottom line. Now that Baltimore County can sort its own recyclables internally, the county not only avoids a hefty disposal cost for this material, but is now able to earn revenue from the sale of these recyclables. Recycling also prompts the development of “green technology,” stimulating innovation and spurring the creation of more “green” jobs.
Given the ease of the single stream recycling system and the countless benefits of recycling, we hope that you will resolve to recycle more in 2014 and help boost Baltimore County’s residential recycling rate! From the Recycling Division of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, we hope you have a happy, healthy and sustainable New Year!
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Deck your kitchen cupboards with fresh, local Baltimore County ingredients. How many County-made foods can you include on your table? It’s a great way to try something new and support our local companies. Here are some serving suggestions.
- Fresh bison from Gunpowder Bison and Trading Company
- Wine from Boordy, Basignani, Woodhall, DeJon, and Royal Rabbit
- Custom blended coffees and teas from Baltimore Coffee and Tea
- Spices and flavorings from McCormick
- Cider and mead from Millstone Cellars
- Organic milk, yogurt and ice cream from Prigel Family Creamery
- Fresh turkey from Farmer Tom’s Farm Fresh
- True Lime and True Lemon from Grand Brands
- Bread from Schmidt Baking Company
- Black angus beef from Roseda Farm
- Handmade chocolates from Kirchmayr and Glarus Chocolatier
- Beer from Heavy Seas and DuClaw Brewing Company
- Salad dressings and marinades from Tessemae’s
- Homemade jams from Atwater’s
- Artisan cheeses from Charlottetown Farm
Need something to recover after the holidays? Try Medifast!