Cumberland Times-News

Editorials

July 2, 2014

It’s up to us

Curbside recycling begins in Queen City

— Cumberland’s curbside recycling program has been a long time coming. Now it is incumbent on city residents to take advantage of the new service.

Burgmeier’s Hauling Inc. began curbside solid waste and recycling collection July 1. The Altoona, Pa., firm has a three-year contract from the city to handle the recycling.

The co-mingled recycling bins provided by Burgmeier will be emptied the first trash day of the week beginning this week and every other week. A list of recyclable items is printed on the side of the container.

Mixed paper recycling will occur the following week on the first trash day and then every other week. Paper must be bundled or in brown paper bags. Plastic bags may be used but the bag itself will not be recycled. Trash should not be placed in the receptacles or mixed with the paper bundles. Burgmeier’s will not sort trash from recycling; therefore, it will all go out as trash.  

Matt Burgmeier, vice president of the company, said at a press conference in May there are two issues in particular people often need to learn. He said that styrofoam is not recycled and boxes must be broken down.

Burgmeier said that special trucks are used to collect the trash and recyclables, and the recycle section does not crush material. “One truck will pick up everything. It’s a compartmental truck. The back end is a garbage truck like you are used to seeing, and front part is a 17- to 18-yard container that holds the recyclable,” he said.

Co-mingled materials include aluminum cans, metal and glass containers, plastic bottles and steel cans, including aerosol cans. Not accepted are light bulbs, ceramic and casserole dishes, butter and yogurt tubs and take-out containers. Mixed paper recyclables include newspapers, envelopes and flattened cardboard. Soft cover books and magazines with staples also are being accepted. Not accepted are tissues, paper towels, wrappers and photographs.

More information on the new recycling program can be found on the city’s website: www.ci.cumberland.md.us

For missed trash collections, call 301-777-0416. To schedule bulk item pickup, call the city Public Works Department at 301-759-6620.

Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim said city officials had hoped to begin a curbside recycling program many years ago. Now that the recycling is a reality, Cumberland residents and businesses can have a substantial impact on keeping recyclables out of the landfill.

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