Compost & Leaf Pile Has Been Relocated
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.
Acceptance of Bids for Recyclable
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
Living With Black Bears
Black bears have an interesting history as part of Maryland’s natural heritage. In pre-colonial times, bears existed throughout the area that is now the state. Early settlers considered the bear a dangerous and fatal element that only added fear and misery to their existence. As our pioneer ancestors cleared forests thereby destroying the bears’ habitat, bears were extirpated from most areas of the state. However, since the 1980’s the future of Maryland’s black bear population has changed dramatically. Bear numbers have steadily increased in western Maryland due to improving habitat conditions and conservation efforts in Maryland and its surrounding states.
Probably no other wildlife species can reflect the true feeling of “wildness” better than the black bear. Encounters with bears are remembered and retold for years to come. It is refreshing to discover that a native wildlife species has returned when most current news of wildlife concerns habitat losses and associated population declines. The sight of a bear is proof that Maryland has suitable and extensive forest habitat for this wide-ranging animal. In fact, bears are common throughout western Maryland.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Wildlife and Heritage Service manages bears by:
· Providing quality bear habitat through sound forestry practices.
· Conducting research to increase knowledge of bear biology.
· Educating the public on ways to co-exist with bears.
· Assisting citizens experiencing human/bear conflicts.
Solving Bear Problems
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife and Heritage Service works to reduce conflicts between bears and people in order to avoid unnecessary loss of bears and to maintain public support for sound bear management.
People share in the responsibility to avoid conflicts with bears. Learning effective measures to prevent bear problems will help both bears and people. The best way to avoid bear problems is to take precautions to not attract them in the first place.
The following measures will help prevent problems around the home, farm, business and when outdoors in bear country. If a problem occurs and continues, contact your local Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service office at one of the numbers listed at the back of this publication.
NEVER FEED BEARS – They will associate people with food and may become a persistent problem for you and your neighbors. It is illegal to feed bears in Maryland.
Camping and Other Activities
If you encounter a bear while in the outdoors, remain calm. DON’T PANIC. Leave the area.
To reduce the chance of experiencing bear problems:
· Move to another campsite if fresh bear signs are present.
· NEVER keep food in your tent.
· Use canned and dried foods to minimize food odors.
· Store foods out of a bear’s reach, in a vehicle or enclosed building if possible.
· Use airtight or bear-proof containers.
· Burn waste paper in your campfire.
· DO NOT BURN OR BURY FOOD SCRAPS!
· Remove all garbage and fish remains from camp EVERY EVENING.
Seeing bears can be very enjoyable. However, having a bear in camp can lead to problems that will persist long after you have gone home. If a problem becomes serious, your safety and the bear’s safety may become jeopardized.
If a bear comes into camp:
· DON’T FEED IT! Scare it away.
· Make loud noises, bang pans, yell or use air horns.
It is rare when a bear cannot be chased away. Remember to leave a clear escape route for the bear. Bears may make aggressive sounds or possibly bluff charge when they feel threatened. When a bear bluff charges, it may stop after several yards or just a few feet short of the threat. Remember, if a bear exhibits these behaviors, it is telling you that YOU ARE TOO CLOSE!
Spray repellents containing capsaicin (hot pepper liquid) are available to discourage bold bears. These repellents are effective and will not permanently damage the bear’s eyes or make the bear aggressive. CAUTION! Care must be taken when using these products. Be sure to follow label instructions.
Resorts, Campgrounds, and Restaurants
Food odors and garbage may attract bears to establishments.
Problems arise when:
· People are in close contact with bears.
· Bears damage personal property.
· Bears become dependent on a human food source.
· Bears scatter garbage.
To help reduce bear problems:
· Use bear-proof trash cans and dumpsters.
· Move cans or dumpsters away from areas used by people.
· Pick up garbage and fish remains promptly every evening.
· Wash cans and dumpsters frequently.
· Use lime to cut odors.
· A 10% ammonia solution may be used as a disinfectant and a bear deterrent.
· DO NOT FEED BEARS.
· DO NOT STORE FOOD IN TENTS!
· Store food out of sight in a car trunk or cabin.
· Rinse containers before disposal and recycle.
Store foods out of a bear’s reach, in a
Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling
National Initiative Reports Nearly 50 Percent Reduction
Keep America Beautiful (KAB) affiliates, local governments, business improvement districts, downtown associations, parks and recreation areas, and other organizations dedicated to eradicating litter and beautifying communities are receiving grants. Since the establishment of the CLPP, communities in 49 states and the District of Columbia have implemented the program to reduce cigarette litteR.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2015, the official Cigarette Litter Prevention & Reduction Program will commence in Garrett County. Our office will be working closely with local organizations and committies to kick-off a CLPP. Places like the State Parks, College, store parking lots, beaches, athletic centers, marinas, fairgrounds and streets/roads/highways will be targeted for a major cigarette litter clean-up.
“We would like to thank our staff for taking on this very worthwhile project. Cleaning up litter from our public places makes for a healthier community and beautifies the environment for our residents and guests,” as commented by Chairman Paul Edwards, Garrett County Commissioners.
For the second straight year, KAB reported an average 48 percent reduction in cigarette litter in communities implementing KAB’s CLPP. One-hundred seventeen communities that launched programs in 2013 achieved an additional 34 percent reduction when measured again in 2014.
In 2014, the CLPP’s 12th year, there were 129 grant-supported implementations across the country in a variety of settings including downtowns, roadways, beaches, parks, marinas, colleges/universities, tourist locations, and at special event locations.
Over the past 10 years, the CLPP has consistently cut cigarette butt litter by approximately half based on local measurements taken in the first four months to six months after program implementation. Survey results also demonstrated that as communities continue to monitor the program those reductions are sustained or even increased over time.
“Keep America Beautiful is keenly aware that to make communities socially connected, environmentally healthy and economically sound, it is incumbent upon us to reduce the blight of cigarette litter,” said Jennifer Jehn, president and CEO of Keep America Beautiful. “It’s gratifying to see sustained results from the Cigarette Litter Prevention Program where access to ash receptacles is at work in tandem with the reinforcement of public education and awareness.”
Tobacco products, consisting mainly of cigarette butts, are the most littered item in America, representing nearly 38 percent of all items littered, according to "Litter in America," KAB’s landmark study of litter and littering behavior.
Research has shown that even self-reported “non-litterers” often don’t consider tossing cigarette butts on the ground to be "littering." Keep America Beautiful has found that cigarette butt litter occurs most often at transition points—areas where a person must stop smoking before proceeding into another area. These include bus stops, entrances to stores and public buildings, and the sidewalk areas outside of bars and restaurants, among others.
To address cigarette butt litter, KAB’s CLPP advocates that communities integrate four proven approaches:
The "Guide to Cigarette Litter Prevention" provides information about starting and maintaining a Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in your community, and can be found online at PreventCigaretteLitter.org. You can also view the new PSA on KAB’s YouTube channel.
The Cigarette Litter Prevention Program is supported by funding from Philip Morris USA, an Altria company; RAI Services Company; and the Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company.
About Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling (GCSW)
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste and Recycling strives to provide an integrated, cost effective, and environmentally sound solid waste disposal system to all county residents, homeowners, and commercial enterprises. We provide a service to the community and develop strong, cooperative relationships with businesses, independent haulers, municipalities, contractors, regulatory authorities, and the general public. We continually find ways to educate people of all ages about the importance of reducing the amount of waste generated in each household and reusing materials or donating them to those in need. Reducing the amount of merchandise purchased or buying in bulk and composting are also activities that help to divert materials from the Landfill. The County promotes and encourages recycling efforts and will provide as many recycling opportunities as possible where economically feasible and not in conflict with private sector initiatives. To learn about the many recycling programs in Garrett County, visit www.garrettcounty.org/solid-waste-recycling.
Keep America Beautiful
Comfort blanket Mulch around the plants each spring when the ground is moist to help stop water from evaporating from the soil’s surface and instead get it down to the roots. A layer, at least 3” thick, of bark chips, straw, grass clippings or compost will keep water in, stop sunlight from stimulating weed growth, and add nutrients to the soil. Source: 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth,Joanna Yarrow, 2007
No jackets required Install a “tankless” water heater to save as much as 50 percent of the cost fo heating your water. These space-saving, highly energy-efficient heaters burn energy only when you need hot water. This eliminates standby heat loss, which can be as high was 3-4 percent every hour for water heaters linked to a storage tank. Source: 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth,Joanna Yarrow, 2007
Bath or Shower The average bath uses about 20 gallons of water, while the average shower uses about half that. Save water by reserving baths for special occasions. Of course, showers use less water than baths only if you don’t stand under them for too long.
Try to keep your showering time below five minutes or you’ll be using at least as much water as you would in a bath. An egg-timer suction-cuped onto the shower wall is a good way of keeping track, and makes showering a fun race against time for kids. And consider installing a hand-held shower it directs the water where you want it and wastes less of it. Source: 1,001 Ways to Save the Earth,Joanna Yarrow, 2007
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6 pm; Sun. 12 pm - 6 pm
Contact Info: Solid Waste & Recycling, 301-387-0322, email@example.com