Photo of Charlie Reighart accepting an award

Best wishes to Recycling and Waste Prevention Manager Charlie Reighart, who will be retiring after more than 30 years of service with Baltimore County. Charlie started his recycling career as the founder and president of the Towson-Parkville Recycling Committee, where he launched the busiest recycling volunteer drop-off site in the state of Maryland and mentored leaders of eight other volunteer drop-off centers around the County.

Some of Charlie’s accomplishments during his time with the County include the implementation of a “once-a-week recycling, once-a-week week trash” collection schedule, addition of an Adopt-A-Road program for recyclables, introduction of electronics recycling at drop-off centers and transition from a dual stream to single stream recycling program. Over the past two decades, Charlie has served (and continues to serve) on the Maryland Recycling Network (MRN) Board of Directors. Under Charlie’s leadership, the County has won six national and ten statewide awards for recycling and waste prevention, and Charlie himself was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the MRN in 2018.

Despite the accomplishments listed above (and even more not mentioned), Charlie’s most important contribution was hiring and mentoring more than 100 interns since 1992. These interns performed important functions for the Bureau, and many went on to other positions in the public and private sector.