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Date: Dec 20, 2018

Silent film-style PSA will be shown in select movie theaters, online and on TV

A new public service ad demonstrates why Baltimore County doesn’t accept items such as plastic bags and clothing for recycling.

Produced in-house by Bureau of Solid Waste Management employees, “Tangled Up!” shows how operations are halted daily at the County’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) because of residents putting “tanglers” in their recycling bins.

“Tangled Up!” will be shown before feature films at Cinemark Towson, AMC White Marsh and AMC Owings Mills for six weeks starting December 21. It will also run on the County’s television channel, BCTV (cable channel 25 on Verizon and Comcast). Currently, the PSA can be viewed online at Facebook, YouTube and the County’s website.

What are Tanglers?

Tanglers are materials such as plastic bags and textiles that get caught in the MRF equipment and must be cut out by hand, one by one, for operations to resume. At the end of each day, the County uses 10 temporary employees to cut tanglers from between a few thousand “stars” on the MRF’s five sorting screens. Watch footage of the sorters at the County’s MRF becoming tangled with plastic bags. If residents kept tanglers out of the recycling stream, these employees could do other maintenance. 

Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart said that keeping tanglers out of the recycling stream is part of an overall effort by the County to reduce contamination. Reducing contamination (non-recyclable items in the bin) has become more important due to efforts by China to ban imports of certain products and tighten contamination limits on others.

 “While we appreciate residents recycling, it is critical that they keep contaminants out of their recycling so that the County receives more money for its recyclables and produces quality material for new products,” Reighart said. “We hope this PSA will get people to think twice before they throw.” 

Keep Tanglers Out of the Recycling Stream

The County asks residents to reuse, upcycle, donate or properly dispose of tanglers in a trash can instead of placing them in the recycling bin.

Local retailers often accept plastic bags for recycling. Residents are encouraged to visit or to find plastic bag recycling drop-off locations in Baltimore County. In addition, the Bureau of Solid Waste Management updates its Reuse Directory every two years to help residents find places to donate or sell clothing, linens and other items that the County does not accept for recycling. For tangler upcycle projects and reuse ideas, residents can follow Clean Green Baltimore County on Facebook or search Pinterest.

For more information on accepted recyclables, see the County’s website or call 410-887-2000.

Tour the County’s MRF

Baltimore County offers free, 60-90 minute tours for up to 30 people. Tours are given to groups of all kinds, including community associations, faith-based organizations and student groups, grades four and up. The tours allow people to learn about waste management in Baltimore County and see firsthand what happens to recyclables from the time they are collected until they are baled for market. Those interested in taking a MRF tour can submit a request online.         

Event features Koresh Dance, Snow White, Dissonance Dance

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration, takes to the stage January 4 - March 8, 2019. The celebration, in its sixth year, features national and regional performers, master classes with guest artists, and student dance and choreography showcases.

Featured performances include contemporary dance from Philadelphia-based Koresh Dance Company; Dissonance Dance Theatre performing selections choreographed to Vivaldi, Philip Glass, gospel and disco; and intermedia performances by the Baltimore Dance Project. In addition to Koresh Dance Company, the Gordon Center presents Snow White from Maryland Ballet Theatre and the Baltimore Dance Invitational featuring original works by regional professional dancers and dance companies.

“Take a Leap is for anyone who moves!” said Alyson Bonavoglia, artistic director for the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and Jewish Community Center of Greater Baltimore. “The Take A Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is a highlight of my year. I am thrilled to work with colleagues from Towson University, Goucher College, Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore County Public Schools and the Baltimore County Commission on Arts and Sciences.”

For the sixth year running, the Gordon Center brings an internationally renowned dance company to Baltimore County —Koresh Dance in 2019 — and sponsors extensive outreach activities with the company for Baltimore County Public Schools students including master classes and a student-only performance, all free of charge.

The full Take a Leap calendar and ticket information are available online at

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration is presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Arts & Sciences in partnership with the Gordon Center for Performing Arts and the Baltimore region’s dance community.

Featured Take a Leap Performances

Snow White

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2019, 3:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

A premiere performance by the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. Brothers Grimm fairytale Snow White comes to life at the Gordon, debuting nationally in celebration of Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s 40th anniversary.

Baltimore Dance Invitational


Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $20 At the door: $25

Experience an evening of the best in regional, professional dance from the area’s top talent. An eclectic showcase of original contemporary dance works.

Inner Sun by Koresh Dance Company

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2019, 8:00 PM

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: In advance: $30 At the door: $35

Inner Sun features the stunning choreography of Artistic Director Roni Koresh to commissioned music pairing composer John Levis and poet Karl Mullen. Dancers from Towson University Community Dance will open the show.

Baltimore Dance Project

FEBRUARY 7, 8, 9, 2019, 8:00 PM

UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $20 general admission, $10 students/seniors, $7 UMBC students. Tickets online and at the box office one hour prior to showtime.

Free parking

Baltimore Dance Project infuses visual media, sound, light and technology into riveting dance performance. The company presents the creative work of co-directors Doug Hamby and Carol Hess, performer and choreographer Sandra Lacy, and guest artists.

Rewind to Fast Forward by Dissonance Dance Theater


UMBC Proscenium Theatre, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students

A contemporary ballet company that evokes emotional experiences with a blend of “classic” modern styles with nuances of classical ballet, Dissonance Dance Theatre (DDT) performs selections choreographed by Shawn Short to music ranging from Vivaldi to Philip Glass, gospel to disco.

Meet the Artist/Open Rehearsal: Durante Verzola

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2019, 6:00 PM

Goucher College Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD


Dance View Times described Durante Verzola as “carefree, bringing show biz airs and ballet with a jazz bounce to the stage." Watch a rehearsal of Durante Verzola's work to be performed on the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble spring concert, and participate in a Q&A session.

Next Generation of Dancers and Choreographers

The Take a Leap Baltimore County Dance Celebration also includes showcases of up and coming student dancers and choreographers.

Maryland Public High School Dance Showcase

FRIDAY, JANUARY 4, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: January 7]

Kraushaar Auditorium, Goucher College, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors

Baltimore County Public Schools Student Choreography Showcase

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019, 7:00 PM

Patapsco High School and Center for the Arts, 8100 Wise Ave, Dundalk, MD 21222

Tickets: $5/adults; $3/student and seniors. Tickets available at the door, cash or check only.

2nd Annual Dance Your Heart Out Charity Concert

Hosted by The Moving Company Dance Center


Hereford High School, 17301 York Road, Parkton, Maryland 21120

Tickets: $10 adult, $5 children under 8, free children under 3

Tickets available at the door

Dancers from The Moving Company Ensembles, Hereford High School Dance Company, Dulaney High School Dance Company, and Sudbrook Middle Magnet Dancers perform to benefit the One Love Foundation.

Maryland Dance Alliance

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019, 7:00 PM [Snow date: February 25]

Gordon Center for Performing Arts, 3506 Gwynnbrook Ave, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Tickets: $10/general admission; tickets available at the door

More info:

The Maryland Dance Education Association presents an engaging program of student and community dancers from throughout the State.

Especially for Dancers

Take a Leap offers a program of master classes with national guest artists and local professionals. Free or low cost classes for advanced and professional dancers include jazz/modern fusion with Jon Lehrer, contemporary with Katie Currier of Peridance Contemporary Dance, ballet with Melinda Blomquist and jazz with Tommy Parlon.

“We’re pleased to support our Baltimore County dance community with opportunities to take their dance training to new heights,” said Sonia Synkowski, president of the Maryland Dance Education Association and Dance Resource Teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools.

Jazz Master Class with Tommy Parlon

FEBRUARY 11, 2019, 11:15 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237


Open Classes with Durante Verzola, Guest Artist in Residence, Goucher College

FEBRUARY 12-20, 2019

Goucher College, Todd Dance Studio, 1021 Dulaney Valley Road, Baltimore, MD 21204

Class fee $20 For class time and details, call the Goucher College Dance  410-337-6390

CCBC Guest Artist Jon Lehrer: Modern Master Classes and Open Rehearsal

FEBRUARY 19, 21, 22, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex Campus, Athletics and Wellness Center, Dance Studio Room 220, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237


Peridance Contemporary Dance Workshop/Audition

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2019, 1:30 PM

UMBC Performing Arts and Humanities Building, The Dance Cube, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250

Tickets: $30. Register online:

Ballet Master Class with Melinda Blomquist

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 11:00 AM

CCBC Essex, Athletics and Wellness Center (WELL), Dance Studio Room 230, 7201 Rossville Blvd, Baltimore, MD 21237










Keywords: arts, dance, take a leap

Revised September 11, 2017