Food-scrap composting finds a home in Howard

County launches own facility to process residential waste
Baltimore Sun
Timothy B. Wheeler
Howard Hord considers himself a chef of sorts, but the food he works with is a little past its prime. Using moldy melon rinds, orange peels and other castoff fruit and vegetables from some Howard County kitchens, Hord is "cooking" the first batches of plant fertilizer to be produced by the new composting facility at the county's Alpha Ridge landfill in Marriottsville, set to mark its official opening on Monday, Earth Day.

Burnin’ Down The Waste

Trash Talk
Frederick Gorilla
Kelly Brook
“No Incinerator!” scream the signs. If you live or work in Frederick County, you’ve seen them in windows, on lawns and in cars for years. You can’t help but notice them. When you see them, maybe you cringe from the vision of soaring incinerator smokestacks spewing a black, smoky, noxious sludge of particulates, carcinogens, and climate-altering acids. Or maybe you roll your eyes imagining the “tree-hugging, peace-loving, Common Market-shopping” conservationist who might have posted it. If you’re like most people, though, you take a moment to acknowledge your concern for the environment, worry for a moment about how this will affect your taxes, wonder what the heck this incinerator debate is all about—and then forget about it and get on with your day.

Hagen prepares incinerator battle plan, Inspired by trip to Colorado

Frederick County commissioner hopes to convince colleagues that increased recycling is better option
Sherry Greenfield
Frederick County Commissioner Kai J. Hagen’s trip to Boulder, Colo., last week only served to add more fuel to his fight against a proposed incinerator here. "I will keep fighting on this issue,” Hagen (D) said. "I absolutely believe it is a very, very important decision and the county is headed in the wrong direction.” Hagen said that he plans to put together a power point presentation about the trip to try to convince his board colleagues to abandon a plan to build an incinerator. Hagen has also created graphics for "No Incineration” stickers, which he e-mailed to incineration opponents Monday. The stickers can be put in car windows and house windows. Throughout the Boulder trip, Hagen posted pictures and information on his online forum and he now plans to invite Eric Lombardi, executive director of Boulder’s Eco-Cycle, a nonprofit that runs the county’s recycling center, to Frederick, to speak with commissioners.