En­vi­ron­men­tal re­sources: Stay­ing green

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

To do our part in keep­ing Charles County a beau­ti­ful place to live, work, and play, Charles County Gov­ern­ment of­fers many en­vi­ron­men­tally-friendly pro­grams through­out the year.

One way you can be ac­tively in­volved in re­duc­ing lit­ter’s im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment is by tak­ing ad­van­tage of our re­cy­cling pro­gram and cen­ters. Visit our four re­cy­cling cen­ters at Breeze Farm (15950 Cobb Is­land Road, Cobb Is­land); Charles County Land­fill (12305 Billings­ley Road, Wal­dorf); Gil­bert Run Park (13140 Charles Street, Char­lotte Hall); and Pis­gah Re­cy­cling Cen­ters (6645 Ma­son Springs Road, Pis­gah).

Another way to get in­volved is sign­ing up for the new Charles County Re­cy­cles mo­bile app. The free app pro­vides re­cy­cling and yard waste col­lec­tion sched­ules, a ser­vice is­sue re­port­ing fea­ture, and an op­tion to search for what items can be re­cy­cled, or placed in your trash. If you don’t have a smart­phone, visit the Waste Wiz­ard, an on­line por­tal that al­lows you de­ter­mine which ma­te­ri­als can be reused, re­cy­cled, com­posted, or dis­posed. Sim­ply visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Re­cy­cling, type in your item, click search, and the Waste Wiz­ard will tell you whether the item should go in re­cy­cling or trash.

Make your home more eco-friendly by par­tic­i­pat­ing in the up­com­ing Com­mu­nity Shred Event on Satur­day, May 13, at the Charles County Gov­ern­ment park­ing lot (200 Bal­ti­more Street, La Plata), start­ing at 10 a.m. Dur­ing this event, you can take ad­van­tage of free, se­cure, on-site doc­u­ment shred­ding and re­cy­cling; and learn about com­post­ing and rain bar­rels. Res­i­dents can bring up to five pa­per boxes (per ve­hi­cle) of per­sonal documents to shred. Advance reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired for com­post and rain bar­rel work­shops. To register or for more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/Out­reach.

As sum­mer is com­ing, we re­mind you to con­sider “grass­cy­cling,” which means leav­ing grass clip­pings in your lawn to feed the soil. This saves time — as you no longer need to col­lect, bag, and dis­pose of your clip­pings — and is good for your lawn. Grass­cy­cling re­duces waste, ir­ri­ga­tion and fer­til­izer needs; it also makes your lawn greener and health­ier. If you must bag clip­pings, be green. Only pa­per bags are ac­cepted in curb­side yard waste col­lec­tion. Curb­side col­lec­tion has be­gun and will end in De­cem­ber. Weekly col­lec­tion of yard waste is avail­able the same day of the week as the “ev­ery-other-week” re­cy­cling col­lec­tion to ar­eas that re­ceive re­cy­cling col­lec­tion.

To avoid pol­lut­ing the en­vi­ron­ment with left­over house­hold prod­ucts with cor­ro­sive, toxic, ig­nitable or re­ac­tive in­gre­di­ents, bring haz­ardous items to House­hold Haz­ardous Waste Col­lec­tion days, which are held nine times a year at the Depart­ment of Public Works build­ing park­ing lot (10430 Audie Lane, La Plata) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up­com­ing 2017 dates in­clude: April 1, May 6, June 3, July 1, Aug. 5, Sept. 2, Oct. 7, Nov. 4, and Dec. 2.

For in­for­ma­tion on all En­vi­ron­men­tal Re­sources pro­grams, visit www.CharlesCoun­tyMD.gov/En­vi­ron­men­tal/ En­vi­ron­men­tal-Re­sources or call 301-932-5656. Thank you in advance for your help keep­ing Charles County beau­ti­ful.

Bill Shreve is the di­rec­tor of the Charles County Depart­ment of Public Works.

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