County recognizes top annual recyclers
Recycling rate tops 50 percent
— Cecil County Recycling Program Manager Tanya Adams announced the winners of the 2015 Cecil County Recycling Awards at a county council meeting in Elkton Tuesday night, noting that about half of the county’s waste this year was recycled — an all-time high.
This is the 11th year for the awards, which recognize the county’s best recyclers in nine categories.
“We once again have multipleyear winners, but also some new ones in what has become a very competitive honor,” Adams said. “It’s been an amazing year that has resulted in the county achieving an overall recycling rate of over 50 percent. I want to encourage all of you to continue.”
Last year, the county had an overall recycling rate of 43 percent.
“The environmental benefits of recycling are well recognized and include such things as conserving raw materials and landfill space,” Director of Public Works Scott Flanigan said. “Many businesses have also found that re- cycling and waste reduction also make good business sense.”
Six of the certificates went to repeat winners, while two newcomers joined the list.
North Street Senior Apartments in Elkton received top honors for the first time in a new category that recognizes apartment buildings and condominiums.
“This was a tightly contested race,” Adams said.
North Street Senior Apartments recycled more than 16,000 pounds, or 42 percent of the waste generated by its residents in 2015.
Warwick Mushroom Farm won for the first time in the category of recycling and source reduction by reducing the quantity of waste generated by 74 million pounds of compost for reuse by area farms. Other 2015 winners are: • Junkbeegone.com as top residential recycling hauler for the fifth consecutive year. It attained a 55 percent recycling rate in 2015. • Waste Management, top large commercial recycling hauler for the seventh consecutive year, attaining a recycling rate of 7 percent. • Bestrans Inc., top small commercial recycling hauler for the second consecutive year, attaining a rate of 10 percent. • Elkton Recyclers, Inc., top Maryland Recycling Act recycler of white goods for eight consecutive years. • Elkton Recyclers, Inc., top Non- Maryland Recycling Act metal recycler of scrap metals for eight consecutive years. • W. L. Gore, top recycling business for the eighth time, recycling over 4.6 million pounds of material in 2015. • Town of Chesapeake City, top municipality for sixth consecutive year by recycling 395,000 pounds, or 43 percent.