County unveils new blueprint for recycling

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Meg Tully
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Date Published: 11/8/2008

Frederick County is distributing thousands of new 65-gallon recycling containers over the next two months in preparation for the launch of single-stream recycling. Under the new recycling program, residents will be able to put all of their recyclables in one container, instead of sorting those materials. They also will be able to recycle more materials, including aluminum foil, yogurt containers and nonmetallic wrapping paper. Middletown will be the first area to get the new containers, with about 1,200 expected to be delivered Monday. Even though the 65-gallon containers will be distributed in December and January, the county is asking residents to continue using their 18-gallon bins until the new program starts. That program is expected to begin at the beginning of 2009. A pilot program in Mount Airy resulted in recycling participation as high as 80 percent, according to county officials.