Single Stream Recycling Facility Nears $1 Million in Net Operating Revenues
Baltimore County Residents Break Tonnage Record
Towson, Maryland (March 28, 2014) – Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz heralded the success of the County's new single-stream recycling sorting facility today, announcing that the plant has generated net operating revenues of nearly three-quarters of a million dollars in just its first four months of operation, from November 2013 to February 2014.
"We are delighted with the success of this facility, and at this pace, we anticipate breaking a million dollars by April and depending on market conditions, we could easily reach two million dollars in the first year," Kamenetz said. "Not only are we retaining the market value of the recyclables ourselves, but this facility maximizes the benefits of our easy, single-stream residential recycling collection program for residents."
"With this facility, we really invested in ourselves and it is clearly paying off in a big way," said Baltimore County Council Chair Cathy Bevins. "The single-stream recycling program makes it so easy to recycle almost everything. My family hardly sets out a full bag of trash each week – it's mostly recyclables."
Residents Break Recycling Collection Record – Again
Kamenetz also announced that Baltimore County residents have once again broken their all-time recycling record, setting out 53,714 tons of material for recycling in 2013. This is a 49 percent increase since 2009, the last full year before the County's single-stream recycling program started in February 2010. With trash disposal costs in 2013 at $60 per ton, this amount of recycling led to $3.2 million in annual avoided disposal costs in addition to the revenues mentioned above.
"It is just as impressive to note that this sharp increase in residential recycling since 2009 has been accompanied by a 69,000 ton per year drop in residential trash generation," said Kamenetz. "People in Baltimore County really get it that by recycling they are helping the environment and also helping the bottom line and that helps to keep tax rates low."
Recycling Facility Tours Now Available
In addition to celebrating these noteworthy fiscal achievements, the County Executive announced that the County will now start offering free public tours of its new single-stream facility. Tours will last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. Space constraints limit tours to a maximum of 30 people, so pre-registration is required for all tours. Those interested in tours can contact Public Information Specialist Clyde Trombetti at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-887-2791.
Members of the Catonsville High School Green Club were the first group from the public to tour the facility, and they participated in today's event with the County Executive.
"These tours are a great opportunity for recyclers young and old to see for themselves what happens after their recyclables leave the curb and how quickly these items really add up," said Baltimore County's Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart.
Are You Recycling All You Can?
Residential recycling rates for 44 different areas of the County are updated monthly at BCRecycles. More information on the County's solid waste and recycling program, including a four-year collection schedule and guides, can be found by visiting www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste or calling 410-887-2000.