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Date: May 2019

Comedic, Silent Film-Style PSA Encourages Residents to Recycle Correctly

Members of the County’s Recycling staff have won a 2019 Telly Award and a 2019 National Association of Government Communicators (NAGC) Blue Pencil and Gold Screen Award for their contributions to the creation of Baltimore County’s comedic, silent film-style recycling PSA, “Tangled Up!

Telly Award

Communications Specialist Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Public Information Specialists Rashida White and Anne Marshall, and interns Jahi Thomas and Natalie Adachi were among the 11 County employees who worked on the PSA that earned them a Silver Telly Award in the Social Video, General-Public Service and Activism category. Other 2019 Silver Award winners include Verizon Media, The Humane Society of the United States and the National School Boards Association.

Receiving over 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, the Telly Awards honors excellence in video and television across all screens and is judged by more than 200 leaders from video platforms, television, streaming networks and production companies, including Vice, Vimeo, Hearst Digital Media, BuzzFeed and A&E Networks.

Blue Pen and Gold Screen Award

This June, Garcia Polasky, White, Thomas and Adachi will accept a NAGC Blue Pen and Gold Screen Award in the Public Service Announcement category for “Tangled Up!” at a reception in Arlington, Virginia, where they will find out if they won first or second place, or an Award of Excellence.

According to NAGC, their annual international awards program recognizes superior government communication products, and those who produce them, with awards in over 40 categories.

About the PSA Video

Produced in-house and released on America Recycles Day 2018, “Tangled Up!” demonstrates why items such as plastic bags and clothing, known in the recycling industry as “tanglers,” are not accepted by recycling programs across the country. Tanglers get caught in the equipment at the County’s Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) and must be cut off of by hand, one by one, in order for operations to resume.

“I want to congratulate our recycling staff on their innovative, creative and witty public service announcement,” said Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, Jr. “This is a well-deserved recognition that hopefully will encourage more people to recycle, and recycle responsibly.”

“Tangled Up!” has been shared on social media and blogs by more than 170 government, business, nonprofit and media organizations, and industry professionals on four continents.

Ways to Watch

Watch Baltimore County’s award-winning recycling PSA on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or the County’s website.

Caused by Pipe Damaged Due to Storms and Stream Erosion

Baltimore County’s Department of Public Works has reported a sanitary sewer overflow in the Sudbrook Park neighborhood of western Baltimore County. The overflow occurred in the Gwynns Falls (west of Silver Creek Road and north of Milford Mill Road) where a 33-inch diameter pipe was damaged due to storms and stream erosion.

The damaged pipe was reported at approximately noon on Tuesday, May 28 by a resident. County utility crews responded and set up a pump around. The pump around was completed at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29 and the overflow was halted in the off-road area. Overflow volume is estimated at approximately 500,000 gallons. The damaged pipe, a gravity sewer line crossing the stream, is about 60 feet long. The line was inspected in 2016 and at that time considered to have a low risk of failure.

The Baltimore County Department of Health will post health warnings in the area and will issue water contact advisories when necessary on the Department’s website.

No Trash, Recycling or Yard Materials Collection on May 27

Baltimore County government offices and the District and Circuit Courts will be closed on Monday, May 27 in recognition of the Memorial Day holiday. Health Department clinics and senior centers will be closed and CountyRide vans will not operate. All branches of the Baltimore County Public Library will be closed and parking meters are free on the holiday.

View Your Collection Schedule

The impact of holidays varies among Baltimore County collection schedules. County residents should consult their particular collection schedule to see the impact of holidays on when they should set out trash, recycling and yard materials.

Collection schedules are available for download on the Bureau of Solid Waste Management’s website and may also be requested by calling 410-887-2000. Collection schedules are also available on the County’s new BaltCoGo app, available on mobile phones. The app is offered free of charge to Android and iPhone users and may be downloaded from their respective app stores.

Drop-Off Centers Closed

Baltimore County offices and trash and recycling drop-off facilities, including Eastern Sanitary Landfill in White Marsh, will be closed on Monday, May 27.  

Revised September 11, 2017