Tuesday, May 27, 2008

NBC4 Safe & Secure Community Shred in Gaithersburg - June 28, 2008

The next NBC4 Safe & Secure Community Shred event comes to us! It will be held at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center in Gaithersburg.

This free event will accept up to 5 boxes of your personal papers -- no business or commercial items, please. Details about accepted material and the Community Shred program

Saturday, June 28, 2008
Event hours: 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Montgomery County Agricultural Center
16 Chestnut St.
Gaithersburg, MD 20877
Map of the Agricultural Center
Text with driving and public transit directions

Friday, May 23, 2008

Recycling Awareness Week - awards given for special achievement

At yesterday's Recycling Achievement Awards Recognition Program, we celebrated recycling efforts in these categories:
  • Outstanding Recycling Volunteers
  • Multi-Family Property Excellence in Recycling
  • Multi-Family Property Outstanding Improvement in Recycling
  • Multi-Family Property Outstanding Individual Achievement in Recycling
  • Excellence in Recycling -- Business
  • Outstanding Achievement in Recycling - Business
  • Outstanding Achievement in Recycling - Individual
Congratulations to all for helping to promote recycling in Montgomery County!

Recycling Awareness Week - Poster content winners honored

On Tuesday evening, we announced and honored 32 student artists who received awards in our annual Montgomery County School Recycling Poster Contest. Congratulations!

This year’s poster contest theme was “Don’t Throw It Away, Recycle Every Day".

Update (5/28/2008): Look at the winning posters

Award ceremony attendees look at poster display

Award ceremony attendees admiring contest entries

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Memorial Day Holiday - modified schedule

Montgomery County-provided recycling and trash collections

Monday, May 26, 2008 - Memorial Day - is a recycling and trash collection holiday. After the holiday, all County-provided recycling and trash collections will be one day later than normal.

Detailed holiday schedule and information

If you have any questions or concerns about your County-provided collection, please contact our Customer Service staff online or call 240-777-6410.

Note: if you (or your community) have a private contract for your trash collection, these schedule announcements may not apply to your trash service -- check with your hauler or community manager.

Shady Grove Solid Waste Transfer Station

Damascus and Poolesville Beauty Spots

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Our "Behind the Scenes" citizens academy graduates Spring class

Our Spring 2008 "Behind the Scenes" course class graduated last Thursday! For six weeks, participants discussed a wide range of topics related to recycling, trash, and waste reduction in Montgomery County.

Participant comments included:

  • [One of the most interesting things I learned was] that the non-recycled trash runs a power plant and that a train takes it there.
  • Every class was so fascinating and I would have gladly paid tuition to take this program.
  • Great end-to-end coverage of solid waste management.

Course participants tour the Solid Waste Transfer Station

"Behind the Scenes" course participants tour the Solid Waste Transfer Station

Preregister to learn about future "Behind the Scenes" sessions

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Compost bins now available on weekends

Need a compost bin for your yard? We have a new pickup location which is open on weekends!

The Audubon Sanctary Shop is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and from Noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays, and offers our compost bins to you at no charge.

Audubon Sanctuary Shop
Woodend Nature Sanctuary
8940 Jones Mill Road
Chevy Chase, MD 20815

Complete list of compost bin pickup locations

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Why not have a bin for recycling plastic bags at the Transfer Station?

From our mailbag:

Too bad the recycling center can't accept them. Why not have an additional bin for them? Although stores like Whole Food are terminating them from their stores, unfortunately, those plastic bags are still a significant part of our surrounding.

We are constantly evaluating the range of materials we are able to accept in the recycling drop-off area at our Solid Waste Transfer Station. Just last month, we expanded our electronics recycling program to accept small electronics, in addition to the computers and televisions we were already taking.

At this time, we are unable to dedicate a collection container to plastic bags at the Transfer Station. Instead, we recommend that you take your plastic bags to recycling bins at your local grocery stores. Hopefully, having drop-off options close to home will make it even more convenient than bringing bags to us.

And, we encourage using reusable cloth bags whenever possible, which helps you avoid having plastic bags to recycle.