Update on Recycling in Harford County
(Bel Air, MD) – – Blue plastic bags, which have been used for recycling purposes over the past several years, are becoming harder to find. Therefore, in an effort to help maintain a convenient curbside recycling program, the Harford County Department of Public Works, Recycling Office has added CLEAR and WHITE plastic bags as acceptable alternatives to blue plastic bags for recycling glass, plastic, aluminum and metal, plus the committee has also looked at several garbage truck sales in order to add a new fleet to the county, Frac Tank Rentals were also in their plans. Additionally, the sanitation companies serving Harford County have been informed of this change in the recycling program in order to help facilitate recycling efforts.
Harford County Announces Partial Re-Opening of Yard Trim Drop-Off Site
(Bel Air, MD) – – The Department of Public Works, Recycling Office has announced the partial re-opening of the Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-Off site which now offers roll off dumpsters. The Tollgate Road facility will be open on Saturday’s only, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. beginning August 8, 2009. The site remains closed other days of the week.
The Tollgate Yard Trim Drop-Off site is located at 703 North Tollgate Road outside of Bel Air, near the Ma & Pa Trail.
The site is for Harford County residents only. Contractors are not permitted to use the drop-off site.
Grass clippings, brush, bushes, limbs and branches up to six feet in length and six inches in diameter are accepted. Additionally, garden trimmings and leaves may be disposed of at the Tollgate Road site.
The mulch and compost facility at the Harford Waste Disposal Center at the Scarboro Landfill in Street is open Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m, they have dumpsters available from companies like See Trash King. This new implementation has made it easier for residential and commercial rubbish removal.
For additional information, contact the Harford County Recycling Office at 410-638-3417, Monday thru Friday during normal business hours.
HIRAM LODGEPOLE says
white, blue, yellow, clear plastic bags…whatever…if it’s recycling day, and the bags are piled up along the curb…the crews have more sense than the arbitrators in the offices making these assinine decisions…for God’s sake…leave well enough alone…
folks know how to recycle…been doing it in the county since 1972…when Susquehannock Environmental Center began teaching the art of recycling…
so, to all the Government heads, looking to justify their jobs…shut the hell up, put the pen down…let the good folks who recycle do their thing…and you do your thing…but do less of it……
Recycling is a way of life…we who do it, know that whatever plastic bag is handy is fine to use…I double bag, just in case of leaks, from the cans and bottles being rinsed out…
This reply cracked me up. You go guy!
Oh my gosh, I am non-compliant. Since Kleins became Shoprite, they’ve switched to yellow bags. I hope no one gets fired since the poor grunts who actually pick up the recycling have been accepting my recycles in the yellow bags for months now! Before the policy was written! I hope the policy writers don’t find out where I live and force me to use blue, clear or white bags. Somebody has a little too much time on their hands and more than likely getting paid quite nicely too. However, there need to be another series of meetings to determine if the red bullseyes on the white Target bags present a problem. I expect a verdict in a few months after all the meetings have been held, statistics compiled, and results written.
HIRAM LODGEPOLE says
along with the aforementioned comments, whatever you do, don’t pee on any of the grocery bags full of glass, bi-metal, aluminum and tin…unless of course it’s clear pee…better yet….how about peeing on the “SIX FIGURE TROUGH FEEDERS IN TOWN HALL”
This switch from blue to white and clear plastic trash bags is clearly in response to Shoprite doing away with the familiar blue bags since taking control of Kleins. Interesting that they didn’t just switch from blue to yellow with the Kleins/Shoprite swith.
So that led me to something I never really considered: When Harford County started its blue bag curbside recycling program, how many grocers/businesses in the area were actually using blue bags?
Was Harford County’s blue bag curbside recycling program tacit endorsement of Kleins as the grocer of choice? In other words, if you want to be a responsible citizen, you had better shop at Kleins so you can get your blue bags to recycle.
Couldn’t the county just as easily have chosen white bags from 7-Eleven or tan bags from Giant?
Anyone remember how that all went down?
I don’t know I just bought a blue plastic bin and put recycling on it with a sharpie!
vietnam vet says
it will require a Goverment study. to a certain as to what color the bag’s should be. which should take at least a year & 75,000 dollars of tax payers money.
Phil Dirt says
Brian, the way it went down was the county mandated blue bags for recycling and wanted residents to buy the bags from the county. County residents resented having to pay for bags, so Klein’s responded by changing their bags to blue. It was a fast response to a local problem that the outside chains couldn’t react to as quickly. And no, I don’t work for Klein’s but I do support local businesses when they support the community.
Wow, that’s a great story. I wonder if anyone had the foresight to pass that tidbit along to Shoprite – that there was a very good reason Kleins implemented blue bags.
When I was in the recycling business I had to fight tooth and nail to get the county to allow paper to be recycled without bags. The reason it was…was to facilitate the selected winner of a bid…as bfi claimed to have a system to de bag. This of course made it impossible for others to bid and win as its expensive to debagg. BFI simply was willing to loose a little on Harfords paper in order to keep competitors OUT. Thanks to Robert Hooper and HSS we still maintained the dominent position even though in 1997 we won a bid and the county refused to award us the contract. This was possible because Harford County doesn’t have “Flow Control”. This lasted until 2002 when I sold out.
Go Dagger !
The bags are all poly propylene. The color means nothing. Truth is they should use paper bags. Paper bags are high value paper and offset the cost of sorting glass and plastic. But what do I know !
Cdev, where did you buy the blue bins and how much are they? I put two sturdy cardboard boxes as my recycle bins, marked with duct tape crosses as the County brochure suggested, and put by the curbside this morning. My trash collectors took both away with the recyclables.