Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Will your collection day be affected by a holiday?

How do you know whether or not a holiday will affect your recycling and trash collection service?
Subscribe to our email announcement list or news feed to get the inside scoop on holiday service changes.

We generally send out our holiday reminder emails and update our news feed about one week prior to a holiday. We use the same channels to update subscribers about service changes due to snow, ice, and storms.

Confused by holiday collection information you've seen or read in the media? Sometimes it's incorrect. When you have questions, please ask! (Our website may have the answer to your question, too.)

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Outstanding recyclers honored during Recycling Awareness Week

Today, our Recycling Awareness Week activity was a celebration!

We recognized 50 businesses, organizations and individuals, and 20 multi-family properties, property managers and individuals in the following categories:

* excellence in recycling for businesses and multi-family properties recycling more than 50 percent of their waste in 2006

* outstanding achievement for those businesses, employees, property owners/managers, and multi-family properties and individuals for their contributions to successful recycling, waste reduction, buying recycled and educational efforts.

Congratulations to all!

Recycling Section Chief Eileen Kao presents remarks at the ceremony.

Awardees enjoy lunch together.
Awardees enjoy lunch together at the Awards Ceremony.

An awardee chats with Division staff.
Recycling tips were shared at information displays.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Poster content winners honored during Recycling Awareness Week

Award ceremony attendees admire posters submitted for the contest.This evening, we presented awards to winners of Montgomery County Public School’s annual recycling poster contest “Our Earth is a Gift, Give it a Lift, Recycle!”

Up to five winners from each of six grade levels and up to five winners from each of two special categories were recognized at the awards reception.

The ceremony was hosted by the Division of Solid Waste Services.

Monday, May 21, 2007

We're celebrating Recycling Awareness Week from May 21 to 25, 2007

This week is National Public Works Week, relevant to us because we are in the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

We in the Division of Solid Waste Service have additional cause for celebration this week, as we honor Recycling Awareness Week from May 21 to 25, 2007. Hats off to the outstanding recyclers and contest winners we're naming over the coming days!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Free mulch available in Silver Spring

UPDATE, April 3, 2013:
The Silver Spring Mulch Preserve is closed.  We continue to offer mulch in Derwood and Poolesville.  Visit our Neighborhood Mulch Preserve page for details.

Our "Neighborhood Mulch Preserve" in Silver Spring [link removed] is (re)opened for business! We had closed it for a few weeks while figuring out some restocking issues. Consider taking some of this mulch for your next project. And, did I mention that it's available at no charge? Come early and often; bring your own containers and shovels/pitchforks!

I heard the mulch is green... What you're offering looks pretty brown to me...

You're right: it is brown in color. It's called "green" because it's freshly-ground mulch. That's fine for applications like covering pathways. However, don't use it around your prized petunias until it's aged for at least a few months. Why not? Fresh mulch uses nitrogen as it decomposes. If spread around tender plants, the mulch would compete with them for that nitrogen, and chances are that the plants wouldn't fare so well.

What is the mulch made of?

The ingredients are simple: the brush Montgomery County residents set out for curbside pickup, and the brush delivered directly to the Shady Grove Transfer Station.

Where do I get your mulch?

Here are the details for the Silver Spring location.