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Date: Nov 7, 2017

County Public Works Department to Mark National Recycling Celebration with Facebook Live Q&A

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz has declared November 15, 2017, as America Recycles Day in Baltimore County. As part of this event, on November 15 at 2 p.m., the Baltimore County Department of Public Works will host a Facebook Live Q&A on the County’s official social media page for sustainable living, Clean Green Baltimore County, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day (ARD), a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.

America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day and coast-to-coast community-driven awareness campaign dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. It has been held on – and in the weeks leading into – November 15 since 1997.

The purpose of the Facebook Live Q&A is to give citizens and local businesses the opportunity to ask questions about recycling in Baltimore County, such as, what items can and can’t be recycled? What can I do with items that are recyclable but cannot be set out for curbside collection? What products contain recycled material, and why is it important to “buy recycled?”

Baltimore County recycling experts Richard Keller and Rashida White will answer questions and discuss important recycling do's and don'ts during this first live stream event of its kind produced by Baltimore County Government. Potential viewers can visit to like Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook, or bookmark the URL to make this live video streaming event easy to find on America Recycles Day.

“Every day should be a recycling day, but we celebrate America Recycles Day every November 15th to encourage residents and businesses to recycle all they can and to reduce the amount of waste they produce in the first place,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “While we have made great progress in recycling, businesses and residents can still recycle more material.”

Last year, Baltimore County residents recycled 52,425 tons of material through the single stream recycling program. Recycling reduces the need for disposal, generates revenue for the County from the sale of recyclables, provides raw material for manufacturers, reduces greenhouse gases and saves valuable resources for future generations.

Baltimore County Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart hopes the Facebook Live Q&A will give residents the opportunity to get the information they need to recycle more, and better. “Baltimore County residents enjoy a single stream recycling program that makes recycling easy, something to celebrate especially on America Recycles Day, but also throughout the year,” he said.

Those who are unable to watch the live stream on Facebook can send their recycling questions to The Department will use questions received via email in the Q&A and send replies after the broadcast.

For general information about recycling in Baltimore County, please call 410-887-2000, send an email to or visit the Bureau of Solid Waste Management online.  

Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz joined representatives from RPAI and AvalonBay to break ground for Circle East, a $125 million mixed-use redevelopment at the center of downtown Towson.

When complete, the pedestrian-friendly community will transform the site at the Towson traffic circle into a 371 unit apartment community with 240,000 square feet of street level retail including national and local shops, restaurants and entertainment. Circle East will connect pedestrian friendly streetscapes and bring a vibrant, walkable community to the center of Towson.

Circle East rendering“With Circle East starting construction, downtown Towson continues its dynamic growth as a vibrant place to live, work and enjoy life. We’ve seen more than $1 billion in recent private investment in downtown Towson, adding jobs and economic vitality to the Baltimore County seat,” said Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.

The $1 billion in new private development includes over 3,400 new downtown Towson apartments and townhomes, transforming the center of Towson into a 24/7 community that combines the best of urban and suburban living. Towson Square, anchored by a 15-screen Cinemark theater and restaurants including Bobby’s Burger Palace, World of Beer and Bonefish Grill, will connect to Circle East.

New residential communities opened in 2017 with townhomes at Towson Mews and apartments at The Southerly and Flats at 703. The Towson City Center office tower brings 600 workers into the heart of downtown, working at Towson University programs, WTMD Radio and headquarters for MileOne Automotive and Remedi Senior Care. Towson Town Center, a regional mall next to Circle East, continues to be a major draw with anchors Nordstrom and Macy’s and a luxury wing highlighted by Tiffany & Co., Burberry, Lilly Pulitzer, Louis Vuitton, Pottery Barn and Crate & Barrel.

Revised September 11, 2017