County rec­og­nizes top an­nual re­cy­clers

Re­cy­cling rate tops 50 per­cent

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

ELK­TON

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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.

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