Compost & Leaf Pile Has Been Relocated
The compost and leaf pile are now located in a new place
at the landfill on Oakland Sang Run Road. Go over the scales - the
Scale Master will direct you where to take materials.
Hypodermic Syringe Disposal:
Dispose of syringes
properly. Please put them in a puncture-resistant
container with a screw-on top (i.e., launder detergent
jug). Mark container “sharps,” “syringes,” or
“needles.” Proper disposal of syringes will make it
safe for anyone who handles your trash. For more
information, please call 301 387 0322.
Announcement: Acceptance of Bids for Recyclable
Garrett County Solid Waste and Recycling will be
accepting bids for the purchase of recycled materials by
a deadline date of the seventh (7th) of each
month, 4:00 p.m. (local time). If bids are not received
by the seventh (7th) of each month, 4:00 p.m.
(local time), bids will not be considered. If the
seventh (7th) of the month is on a Saturday,
Sunday or holiday, bids will be accepted no later than
the next business day.
RECYCLING TIDBITS - Why must we sort
recyclable materials in Garrett County? Why can’t we just throw
everything in one box? Materials are sorted in Garrett County
so that when they arrive at their destination (by truck), the
processor (often located outside of the County or State) will
pay top dollar for the recyclable materials. If the materials
are mixed together, processors pay a zero amount. Obviously we
want to cover the truck hauling costs as this is the best method
of transportation for our materials due to our geographic
location and make enough money to run our Recycling Program each
year. Therefore, it is necessary to ask that each resident
pitch in and separate their own materials. Recycling and
separating materials is really easy and once you learn the
basics, it’s just like riding a bike or cooking that favorite
recipe. It’s not hard at all. Recycling together as a family
not only teaches our children to respect their home and
community, it also allows for quality time spent together
participating in an activity that will help the environment
(locally) and teach values and good habits that will last a
Source: Kim Madigan, 2013
Refuse Stickers are now on sale!
Gas (Saves 330 lbs
of CO² per year)The average family uses their oven about 200
times a year. If you have the choice, it’s better to cook with
gas. Gas ovens typically use more power, but because the power
is produced more efficiently, they produce less carbon emissions
overall. That said, not everyone is ready to buy a new oven.
Cooking account for about 2-5 percent of total household energy
use depending on the country; about 5 percent in the European
Union, 4 percent in the UK, and 3 percent in the United States.
If you don’t want to make the switch, here are a number of other
cooking tips to cut your carbon emissions.
How to cut
your carbon emissions when cooking
·Look into buying
a pressure cooker. By building up steam pressure, it cooks at a
higher temperature, reducing cooking time. It’s estimated that a
pressure cooker uses about five percent less energy than a
·Use glass or
ceramic pans in the oven. You can turn down the temperature by
about 25°F and the food cooks as quickly.
·Match the pan to
the element size on electric rings. A 6-inch pan on an 8-inch
ring will waste over 40 percent of the heat produced.
·Food cooks more
quickly and more efficiently in ovens when air can circulate
freely. Try to use upper and lower racks to improve airflow if
you are cooking more than on dish at a time.
steamers cook two or three foods at the same time, saving on
·Use the smallest
pan necessary to do the job. Smaller pans require less energy.
Source: The Environment Equation,
Alex Shimo-Barry, 2008
What to Recycle and Where
& PHONE BOOKS
Clean & dry. Leave loose. Remove covers on books; paperback
NO Bulk mail, plastic or paper bags,
magazines, glossy inserts, or twine.