Baltimore County Now
Public Hearing is October 13, 2015
In accordance with the amended Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article Section 9-1712, the Baltimore County Department of Public Works is proposing an amendment to Baltimore County’s Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plan (“the Plan”) regarding the availability of recycling at certain special events.
In order to solicit input from the community, a public hearing is being held on Tuesday, October 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Towson Library meeting room, located at 320 York Road in Towson. Representatives from Baltimore County will be present at the hearing to accept comments and answer questions. Further information can be obtained by calling the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 410-887-2000.
Proposed Plan Available, Submit Comments
Download a copy of the proposed Plan amendment or pick up a hard copy at the office of the Bureau of Solid Waste Management at 111 West Chesapeake Avenue in Towson (County Office Building), and at every branch of the Baltimore County Public Library system.
In addition to the public hearing, people may submit written comments on the proposed amendment to Edward C. Adams Jr., Director, Department of Public Works, 111 West Chesapeake Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Comments must be received within 35 days of the public hearing.
Diana DeBoy, Student Intern, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management;
Towson University Mass Communication Major
Today, some people might find it difficult to understand the benefits and importance of recycling. Honestly, until a few months ago, I had never recycled and didn’t know where to start. Then I began an internship with the Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management and learned the importance of such an easy task. Recycling has a significant impact on preserving Baltimore County’s only active landfill, which is already 51 percent full. When we recycle, we divert materials from the landfill, thus extending its lifespan. Recycling also has other benefits, such as conserving natural resources, reducing pollution, and even saving money! For instance, for every ton of recyclable material diverted from trash, Baltimore County and its taxpayers save $60. In 2012 alone, residents’ recycling avoided nearly $3 million in trash disposal costs.
So, if you’re new to recycling like me, you may be thinking, “I don’t know what I can recycle.” Simple everyday materials such as glass bottles, aluminum foil, narrow-neck plastic bottles and newspaper are all examples of items that are accepted in the Baltimore County Single Stream program. If you pass by something in your house and you aren’t sure if the item is acceptable, just visit www.baltimorecountymd.gov/recycling to see a complete list of acceptable plastics, glass, metals and paper.
There is also something you can do that’s even better than recycling -preventing waste in the first place. For example, buying items with less packaging or things that can be reused will decrease the amount of material that needs to be landfilled.
So, why not give recycling a try and help preserve our landfill? Good luck and happy recycling everyone!