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Charlie Reighart Named Recycler of the Year; County Honored for Environmental Social Media Page

Baltimore County received two awards from the Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) at the MRN/Mid-Atlantic SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) Annual Conference last week. Charlie Reighart, Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager for the County’s Bureau of Solid Waste Management won the Dwight Copenhaver Recycler of the Year award and the Bureau of Solid Waste Management received the Extraordinary Achievement Award for its Clean Green Baltimore County Social Media Program.

“Charlie Reighart has been a real leader in the recycling field, creating innovative programs that not only benefit County residents but are models for similar programs at the state and national level,” said Baltimore County Executive Don Mohler. During Reighart’s 28 years with the Bureau of Solid Waste Management, Baltimore County has received five national and ten statewide awards for recycling and waste prevention.

Reighart has provided leadership to MRN and other state and national organizations to expand recycling and waste prevention, including leading efforts for a statewide waste diversion goal and guidelines for a source reduction credit system. Since 1996, he has served on the MRN Board and in various MRN officer and committees chair roles.

Reighart has managed many other County programs and projects, including once-a-week trash and once-a-week recycling collection, the implementation of single stream recycling, electronics recycling, recycling container placement at County intersections, a four-year recycling program calendar and guide, source reduction programs, recycling tonnage reporting to the State and the development of Ten Year Solid Waste Management Plans. In addition, he has hired and mentored 101 interns since 1992. These interns have provided important services to County residents, and many have gone on to other responsible positions in the public and private sector, with seven former interns currently working in the recycling field.

Going Clean and Green on Social Media

In 2017, the Recycling Division developed the Clean Green Baltimore County Facebook Page ( This social media page publishes environmentally-focused content related to Baltimore County agencies, including, but not limited to, the County’s Departments of Environmental Protection and Sustainability, Public Works, Planning, and Recreation and Parks, as well as the Energy Management and Sustainability Section in the Property Management Division of the Office of Budget and Finance. None of these agencies has its own social media presence. 

The page is a digital “one-stop shop” to help residents, businesses and institutions become better environmental stewards by providing information on programs, services and resources that support healthy, sustainable living. In addition to educating people about initiatives that focus on sustainability, nature and the environment, the page publishes tips, strategies and resources to improve its followers’ efforts in recycling, waste prevention and reuse, energy savings, natural resource conservation and other aspects of green living, as well as information about state, national and international environmental initiatives and success stories.

Highlights from the page’s first year include 1.3 million page impressions, reaching more than 825,000 people, 46,000 video views, 5,300 post shares and more than 2,100 page fans. The page produced the County’s first Facebook Live Q&A, an interactive, semi-scripted, 55-minute live video broadcast on America Recycles Day (November 15, 2017). The page also included events and activities related to Earth Month in April. The County publicized these environmental efforts at a cost considerably below other forms of traditional advertising. The Facebook site is an effective way to promote waste prevention, recycling and other environmental programs.

by Jeanette Garcia Polasky, Communications Specialist, Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

1.  Get outsidego for a walk or simply spend some time with Mother Nature, whether in a park, open space or your own back yard!

2.  Be vigilant about conservation on Earth Day and every day –  use natural light or turn off the lights as you leave a room, air dry dishes and clothes, install energy-efficient light bulbs, shop with reusable bags, recycle all you can, walk or bike to your destination and don’t waste food or let the faucet run while you brush your teeth. Want more tips? EarthShare has you covered.

3.  Read about Baltimore County’s “clean, green” programs and services on the County’s Earth Month web page.

4.  Follow Baltimore County’s new Facebook page, Clean Green Baltimore County, for all the latest news and information on county initiatives and resources that support sustainable living. 

5.  Attend an Earth Day event or cleanup. Here's a few ideas: 

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