Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009 - Labor 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.

If your normal collection day is: Your collection day for the week of September 7, 2009, is:
Monday Tuesday
Tuesday Wednesday
Wednesday Thursday
Thursday Friday
Friday Saturday

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, or if you live in a municipality, 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

Monday, August 24, 2009

Impressions from the County Fair

The Montgomery County Agricultural Fair ended on Saturday, and we've packed our tents, tables, and supplies up for the next event. Here's a short retrospective of our nine days there.

The sign taped to the bus next to our booth was one you don't see every day: “Path MUST be kept cleared – cakes coming thru!” On the Fair's opening Friday, easy passage to the Home Arts Building across the way from us was critical for bakers bearing entries for the cake competition! (Did you have a chance to check out the winners? They looked scrumptious!)

recycling tatoo on boy's arm

Our recycling tatoos, with a reminder to "Recycle Every Day!", were popular with the younger set. Our teen volunteers enthusiastically offered their application services for on-the-spot tatooing!

Cake Crossing sign

Our display of things we accept in our curbside recycling program was a great conversation starter! Thanks for the interesting chats we had about what to put into your blue bins, and... what to keep out. (And about that child's hand holding a yo-yo string... It's a bonus addition to this photo, but a nice opportunity to note that the yo-yos we gave out as prizes were made from recycled content!)

Display of accepted recyclables - an assortment of cans, bottles, jars, buckets, and tubs

Here's Ana, our tireless Recycling Volunteer Program Manager, who kept track of our staff and volunteer schedule to make sure that our booth was attended at all times, replenished supplies as we ran out, and cheerfully boosted spirits on those hot, humid afternoons.

Ana, our Recycling Volunteer Program Manager

If you missed us at the Fair, maybe we'll cross paths at one of our upcoming Fall events. Our staff and volunteers look forward to meeting you!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Silver Excellence Award for our Recycling Center

Congratulations to our Recycling Center! It has just received the Solid Waste Association of North America's 2009 Recycling Systems Silver Excellence Award.

Read details about the Award in this news release.

This is the third Excellence Award earned by the Recycling Center. Why? We invite you to come by for a first-hand view! See how the trucks which service our County neighborhoods deliver those blue bin materials and paper to our Center, and how these are sorted. Individuals may simply drop in; for group visits, please set up an appointment. Full visit details are on our website.

And, if coming over in person isn't possible, we have an alternate option for you. Our online Recycling Center tour gives you the highlights of our operation.

Whether you have a live or virtual tour, enjoy your visit!

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

GoGreen tips on the air

Our GoGreen tips have moved to the radio waves! Tune in to 94.7 Fresh FM to hear ideas for making your home and office more environmentally friendly.

Tomorrow's tips will air at 6:51 a.m. and 9:20 a.m. If you miss them, you'll have many more opportunities to listen over the next few weeks.