Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Utility will hold recycling events this weekend in Dundalk and Cockeysville.
BGE residential customers will be able to get a $25 reward for dropping off room air-conditioning units this weekend for recycling. The utility is hosting the recycling events at Sears stores at Eastpoint Mall in Dundalk and Hunt Valley Towne Centre in Cockeysville. Working units will be accepted from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to a news release, which adds that BGE employees will be available to unload the units. Customers will receive the $25 per each unit recycled (up to two) in a check about four weeks later as part of the utility's Smart Energy Savers program. Ruth C. Kiselewich, director of demand management programs for BGE, said in the release that a newer, Energy Star-certified appliance "can …
Monday, November 26, 2012
The pick-ups end December 14 and will resume in April.
Baltimore County residents who still haven't raked up their leaves only have a few more days to do it if they want the county to recycle them. The final yard materials recycling collection day for county residents will happen between December 1 and December 14, depending on a resident's specific schedule. Yard waste can also be set out with the trash for regular collection before Dec. 14 if the last yard waste recycling collection has already occured, according to a statement released by Baltimore County. County officials urge residents to bag and set out the leaves for collection, rather than raking or blowing leaves into the street or gutter, which is illegal., according to the statement. The change, which occurs annually, affects all …
Monday, July 9, 2012
Residents encouraged to leave materials out until they are picked up or take them to one of three drop-off centers.
Add one more inconvenience—albeit a minor one—to the list caused by the recent power outages. Baltimore County officials say residents can expect continued delays this week in the collection of recyclable materials and yard waste. The delays are blamed on the large amount of spoiled food and storm-related tree debris being set out for collection in the last week, according to a statement released by Charles Reighart, the county's recycling and waste prevention manager. Residents who find their recyclable materials are not picked up on the regularly scheduled day are encouraged to leave the materials out until they are picked up. County residents can also take their recyclable materials to any of three county drop-centers:
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Bill awaiting Baltimore County Council approval would give county permission to sidestep usual purchasing and bond sales rules for $25 million facility.
Paper, plastic and cans is trash to some but Baltimore County officials say it could be a source of additional revenue. Keith Dorsey, the county budget and finance director, told the County Council Tuesday that a proposed $25 million recycling facility could generate $200,000 a month in revenue. Dorsey and the county are asking the council to approve a bill that would allow it to raise $25 million to pay for the new facility through the sale of certificates of participation. The new facility would replace an existing one at the Texas Landfill in Cockeysville. Dorsey said the new facility might allow the county to generate additional revenue by contracting to process other jurisdiction's recyclables. Previously, the county has worked with …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
This group of moms and kids spend their summer working to clean Parkville neighborhoods and help the planet.
This week just after one of our recent storms, I was heading up Taylor Avenue to a friend's home and was disgusted by something I saw. Every few yards there was a pile of trash at the curb. Under each of these piles of trash was a storm drain. Each and every storm drain was covered and clogged with trash that had washed out of neighborhoods all over our area. Much of this trash did not stop at the storm drain but flowed into the waste water system, where it will make its way into the Chesapeake Bay and then potentially into the ocean. Next I watched in horror as a person in a giant SUV flicked a cigarette butt into the street while waiting at the stoplight at Harford Rd. Seeing these things made me think of a little group of dedicated …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Our neighborhoods' health begins with our actions.
I recall a long-ago conversation I had with a young woman expecting her first child. As she and her husband prepared for the birth, she ran across an article about the environmental impact of disposable diapers. She was so concerned that she asked me to explain more eco-friendly options. We discussed landfill science and what that actually means. We discussed the use of cloth diapers and the result of the processes and chemicals used to clean them. In the end, she chose to use a combination of cloth and disposable diapers. What brought this distant memory forward from the fog-bound reaches of my brain was a recent incident. I was stopped at the light at Fullerton Road and Bel Air Road one crisp clear afternoon while running errands. I …