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Garrett County 2014 Recycling Rate

Garrett County 2014 Recycling Rate
The Garrett County Department of Solid Waste & Recycling is proud to announce a recycling rate of 50.72% for the year 2014.  We are ranked 6th in the State of Maryland.  Residents and businesses have taken full advantage of the recycling programs available in the County. 
The official recycling rate comes from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), after a complete review of the 2014 Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) Tonnage Report submitted for Garrett County.
In 2012, the Maryland General Assembly passed the Recycling Rate and Waste Diversion – Statewide Goals Act. The act revises the Maryland Recycling Act (1988) and requires all Counties and Baltimore City to recycle wastes and meet an overall percentage of materials recycled which is based upon the population of residents that reside in that county. Since Garrett County’s population is under 150,000 residents, the State of Maryland requires the County to reach and maintain a 20% recycling rate, which includes certain designated recyclables.
 “It is our goal to continue to educate and encourage the residents and businesses to not only recycle, but to also reduce waste at the source,” stated Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator.
Source reduction means the design, manufacture, purchase, or use of materials or products that reduce the amount of waste generated.  It includes reuse, waste elimination, package reduction and substitution.  Examples would include using rags instead of paper towels, packing lunches in reusable containers, and donating usable items to those in need. 
“In 2014, Garrett County Solid Waste & Recycling was eligible, for the first time (during my tenure), to take the 2% Source Reduction Rate on the yearly MRA Recycling Report submitted to the Maryland Department of the Environment,” commented Ms. Madigan.
Recycling is offered in Garrett County FREE of charge.  A sticker is not required to recycle at any of the seven convenient refuse and recycling sites.  Please recycle newspaper, telephone books (with covers removed), cardboard, magazines, office paper,  glass bottles and jars (clear, green, and brown), aluminum cans, #1 and #2 plastic bottles (with a neck), used motor oil, oil & transmission filters and anti- freeze.  
For additional information on recycling in Garrett County, please contact Kimberly Madigan, Recycling Coordinator, at 301.387.0322,, or visit our website at www.garrettcounty.or/solid-waste-recycling.