County expects higher rate with new recycling programs

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Meg Tully
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Date Published: 12/28/2008

Frederick County expects to increase its recycling rate next year, after a new single-stream recycling program begins in the middle of January. About 44 percent of county trash was diverted or recycled in 2007, up from 39 percent in 2006, according to preliminary numbers calculated by the Maryland Department of the Environment. “It tells us we’re moving in the right direction,” said Phil Harris, superintendent of Solid Waste Management. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint.” Single-stream recycling means that bottles, cans, papers and cardboard are collected in a single container. Maryland uses a formula for calculating recycling rates that was included in the Maryland Recycling Act. Because each state calculates rates differently, Harris said the rates should not be compared across state lines. For instance, Maryland does not include construction and demolition recycling like other states.