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
KEEP WILDLIFE OUT OF THE TRASH
During the winter months, it is enjoyable to
watch the local wildlife frolic in the snow. However, it is also a time
for animals to be searching for food to eat and store for the cold
winter months that lie ahead.
At this time, it is necessary to be extra careful
with trash disposal. Placing containers and/or bags at the curb should
only be done on the scheduled day for pick-up.
If you have not purchased a bear-proof container, the
trash containers or totes used, should have a latching mechanism; this
will keep some of the wildlife out of your trash.
Also, refuse should not be stored in garages or
sheds, on decks, or on porches for an extended amount of time. This
action will attract unwanted wildlife; and that’s too close for comfort.
Make sure to lock all of the doors and latch the
windows on a first floor. This measure will also keep unwanted visitors
off your property.
Now, you are ready for the winter. You have removed
all of the attractants from your property such as trash and bird
feeders; and feel pretty confident that you will not have any unwanted
False. You are still not safe from the wildlife and
are at risk for uninvited guests. Why? Next-door neighbors may not have
removed attractants from their property.
To sum up, spread the word on how to keep your
property safe (and that of your neighbors) from wildlife visitors; put
your trash out on the scheduled pick-up day and always remember DON’T
FEED THE WILDLIFE. Do not give them a reason to continue coming to your
For additional information on trash disposal in
Garrett County, please contact the landfill office at 301.387.0322. For
additional information or questions related to wildlife contact the
Department of Natural Resources at Mt. Nebo at 301.334.4255.
Cold Wash (Saves 500 lbs of CO²
per year) In September 2006, Ariel, a detergent in Europe and
internationally, launched a campaign to urge consumers to use colder
temperatures when they wash their clothes. By washing clothes at 104°F
instead of 86°F, the YK wastes 1.6 billion kWh of electricity annually,
the company said.
The company cited
several studies to back up their claims. In repeated tests, colder water
cleans just as effectively, at least for everyday loads. Most modern
washing detergents are designed to break down stains in cold water as
well as hot. By making the switch, you can lower your carbon footprint
significantly. The energy used for hot wash cycles takes up a large
proportion of the household’s total heating costs. Another way to
increase the efficiency and lower the carbon emissions of your washing
machine is to only do a wash when you have a full load of laundry.
Washing machines vary
greatly in their efficiency. When buying a new one, look for the Energy
Star logo because these models use 40 percent less energy (and release
40 percent less carbon dioxide) than standard machines. Front-loading
appliances use less water and energy since their tumbling action is
better at circulating water and cleaning than that of the top-loading
variety. And, because they don’t have a big post in the middle, they
also hold more clothes.
Source: The Environment Equation, Alex
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.