County Comment: County names recycling award winners

County Comment
County names recycling award winners
By Norman Bassett
Public Information Officer

As part of its regular meeting on December 13th, the Washington County Board of County Commissioners accepted four nominees as winners of the 2011 "Washington County Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Award" sponsored by the Washington County Solid Waste Advisory Committee (SWAC).
Recycling Coordinator Tony Drury and Kathy Vesely, Chairperson of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee reported that the winners in the school category were Clear Spring Elementary School and Williamsport Elementary School. Winners in the non-profit organization category were The ARC of Washington County and the Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance. The small business winner was Recycled Crochet of Hagerstown.
The awards will be presented in January.
Category: School - Clear Spring Elementary School
Clear Spring Elementary School was designated as a Maryland Green school in 2011. Three years ago the students and staff implemented a recycling program that promotes reducing, reusing, and recycling a variety of products. Recycling occurs in the classroom, lunchroom, cafeteria, and administration office. Recyclables collected include: ink cartridges, aluminum, newspapers, paper, bottle caps, drink pouches, plastics, cardboard, cookie wrappers, glue sticks, glue bottles, scotch tape dispensers, and plastic grocery bags.
Category: School - Williamsport Elementary School
Williamsport Elementary Magnet School for Mathematics, Science and Technology is a Green School and has had a school wide recycling program for paper for four years. Students have educated other students on how and what to recycle through a video they produced. A Green patrol visits classrooms once a week to inspect the recycling bins. Last year students started two worm compost bins for food scraps and two more compost bins have been started this year. Recyclables collected include: paper, glass, cardboard, aluminum, and composted food. Leaves and weeds are deposited in the woods by the school, thus keeping these out of the landfill as well.
Category: Non-Profit Business - Antietam Creek Watershed Alliance, Inc.
Over 2.5 tons of trash and recyclables were removed from a three-mile stretch of the Antietam Creek during the annual Creek Rubbish Roundup in September. Recyclable materials were separated from the trash and taken to a local recycling facility. Twenty bags of bottles and cans were recycled along with sixty-five tires and one dump truck load of metal. Of the 100 volunteers that help every year, approximately 70% are students from area schools.
Category: Non-Profit Business - The Arc of Washington County, Inc.
Since 2005, The Arc has picked up cardboard directly from the landfill to recycle, utilizing its adults with developmentally disabilities as its labor force. Over a six-year period, more than one million pounds of cardboard have been collected and kept out of the landfill. Since 1990, The Arc has eliminated over 4,260 tons of recyclables from the landfill. The Arc has expanded its recycling capabilities by moving to its new facility at 1000 Florida Avenue in Hagerstown. The organization is working to establish a model program that can be adopted by other non-profit organizations in the future.
Category: Small business - Recycled Crochet
Recycled Crochet makes items from plastic bags, 8-track tapes, cassette tapes, VCR tapes, soda can tabs, bottle caps, CDs, and many other recycled materials. All of these materials are donated by family and friends. By making useable items from these materials, Recycled Crochet is keeping these recycled materials out of the landfill.