Frostburg residents who like to recycle now have two new programs available to them.
The mayor and council have given the go-ahead for a voluntary curbside recycling program that should get under way in August. Once a month, Burgmeier Hauling Inc., will pick up co-mingled materials of Nos. 1 and 2 plastic, aluminum and metal cans, and glass bottles and jars.
The company will provide participants a large container for the recycled materials. On the second day of each month, the firm will pick up newspapers, office paper, phone books, magazines and junk mail. The cost of the program will be $5 per month, with the billing handled between the company and residents.
Frostburg officials also gave their approval to a multiday electronics recycling program with Allegany Electronic Recycling. The firm will set up in the old employee parking lot behind the Frostburg Fire Department one Saturday morning in March, May, September and November. Residents may bring any household electronic item for collection with no charge. The only exception will be television sets. Depending on their size, there will be a $5 to $15 charge per TV. The fee is necessary to offset the company’s cost of transporting picture tubes to a third party out of the county for disassembly and recycling.
In Garrett County, the county’s Department of Solid Waste and Recycling will host a Citizen Scrap Tire Drop-Off June 29 at the Garrett County Fairgrounds from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event will close earlier if all receptacles become full.
County residents — who must show a valid driver’s license proving their address — will be able to bring up to 10 passenger tires, light truck tires or agricultural tires, or a mixture of all three. The tires must be free of dirt, mud, leaves, water or fluid. Tires with rims will be accepted. Agricultural tires also will be accepted, but will have to be unloaded by whoever brings them.
Frostburg and Garrett County’s programs are good examples of ways municipal and county government can act to help residents to recycle and keep material from going to our landfills. The more recycling programs are made convenient, the greater success our region will have in helping the environment.