Thursday, April 25, 2013
County officials hope to recycle 70 percent of all waste by the year 2020.
How much of what Montgomery County residents throw away ends up in landfills? Less than half, according to data from the Maryland Department of the Environment, which ranked the county first in recycling. The rate of recycling in the county (57.68 percent) and waste diversion (62.68 percent) is higher than any other jurisdiction, a release from county government reported. County Executive Isiah Leggett credited the recycling program's comprehensiveness—available to apartment dwellers, home owners and businesses equally—for the success. "This recycling achievement is also due to the keen awareness about the importance of reducing waste and recycling more, and the outstanding commitment and continued efforts of everyone living, working and …
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Gaithersburg Mayor Sidney Katz, the City Council and other city officials met with the Quince Orchard Park community Tuesday night.
Gaithersburg officials joined members of the Quince Orchard Park community Tuesday night to address issues and concerns within the neighborhood in a special Council in the Communities meeting. Below are notes on a number of topics discussed by city officials and community members: Crime Summary Per Police Chief Mark P. Sroka: "As far as crime goes, this is a very safe community and we have very few crimes committed in Quince Orchard Park." Eight total crimes crimes reported in the last six month period for this community: one burglary, two forgeries, one drug complaint, four disorderly conduct calls. In 2011, that crime data is also consistent: 44 miscellaneous calls varying from parking complaints to 911 disconnect and domestic dispute …
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Mulch from county recycled trees can be picked up in February.
Christmas has passed, and for some the ever-green decorations of holiday cheer are devolving into a drab-brown, needle-dropping mess. Take charge of the situation before your happiness starts drooping along with the ornaments. Montgomery County residents can recycle Christmas trees through February. Trees should be placed on the curb by 7 a.m. on the day of your regular recycling schedule. All decorations should be removed from the tree prior to collection. Trees with root balls are considered “live” and cannot be collected as part of the county’s regular recycling program. Artificial trees will not be collected, but can be donated to area charities. After collection, the trees are shredded into mulch that will be available in February and…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Do you have items you no longer need? A number of holiday collections are underway and items can be easily donated at one location. Find out more!
Are you buying a new winter jacket? Do you have holiday lights that no longer work? Did your kids get duplicate toys this year? Did Santa bring you a new cell phone? If you have items you’d like to toss but aren’t sure what to do with them, a number of collections are taking place in Montgomery County and items can be dropped off right at the Salvation Army at 18705 North Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg, MD. You can also drop off items at Goodwill of Greater Washington at 619 South Frederick Avenue in Gaithersburg or 4816 Boiling Brook Parkway in Rockville. Have any unwrapped, unused toys? They can be donated to Toys for Tots in 2013. If you have coats you no longer need, donations are being collected through many local churches. Cell …
Friday, December 14, 2012
The city of Gaithersburg announced its holiday recycling schedule.
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- Greg Cohen
Friday, December 14, 2012
Keeping the environment in mind during the holiday season? Don't mix up your recycling days in the city of Gaithersburg. For city residents whose regular recycling day falls on Tuesday, Christmas Day (Tuesday, Dec. 25) and New Year's Day (Tuesday, Jan. 1) recycling routes will be run on the preceding Saturdays — Dec. 22 and Dec. 29, the city announced in a press release. This includes newspaper, mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, and commingled materials, as well as brush, branches, grass clippings, leaves and other yard trimmings, picked up by the city’s recycling contractor. Regular trash and garbage collection for city residents is handled by private contractors. Please contact your HOA or your private contractor regarding the holiday…
Friday, June 29, 2012
Don't throw that away! Common food packaging items can now be recycled since the county has decided to accept this type of plastic.
Another type of plastic joins the recycling pile in Montgomery County. The tubs of hummus, the domes that cover your cupcakes, the catering trays and the clamshell containers from the deli down the street--all of these would have been destined for the garbage just last week. But on Thursday, Montgomery County announced that it would begin accepting #1 PET plastic items in its recycling program. To identify which PET, or polyethylene terephthalate, items qualify, check for the #1 on or near the bottom of the container, or look at these photo examples. For a refresher on which items to place in which recycling bins (the one you roll or the one that looks like a rectangular basket), see the helpful breakdown on the county's website. The #1 …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Warehouse next to the Montgomery County Airpark is home of Montgomery County's mixed-paper recycling program.
UPDATE 5 p.m. April 13 -- Montgomery County's residential paper recycling program should feel little or no impact from a two-alarm blaze Thursday night at the Gaithersburg warehouse that processes the 1,000 weekly tons of refuse. The morning after firefighters spent hours subduing the stubborn fire, a representative of the company that owns the warehouse was “relatively confident that they could accept our paper today and at least process it to some degree,” said Tom Kusterer, recycling center manager for the county's Department of Environmental Protection. Office Paper Systems, Inc. of Gaithersburg has the sole contract to recycle all the mixed paper gathered by the county's curbside pickup program. The 800,000-square-foot operation next …