“Tan­gled Up!” pub­lic ser­vice ad en­cour­ages res­i­dents to re­cy­cle right

The Dundalk Eagle - - BY THE PEOPLE -

A new pub­lic ser­vice ad demon­strates why Bal­ti­more County doesn’t ac­cept items such as plas­tic bags and cloth­ing for re­cy­cling.

Pro­duced in-house by Bu­reau of Solid Waste Man­age­ment em­ploy­ees, “Tan­gled Up!” shows how op­er­a­tions are halted daily at the County’s Ma­te­ri­als Re­cov­ery Fa­cil­ity (MRF) be­cause of res­i­dents putting “tan­glers” in their re­cy­cling bins.

“Tan­gled Up!” will be shown be­fore fea­ture films at Cine­mark Tow­son, AMC White Marsh and AMC Owings Mills for six weeks start­ing De­cem­ber 21. It will also run on the County’s tele­vi­sion chan­nel, BCTV (ca­ble chan­nel 25 on Ver­i­zon and Com­cast). Cur­rently, the PSA can be viewed on­line at Face­book, YouTube and the County’s web­site.

What are Tan­glers?

Tan­glers are ma­te­ri­als such as plas­tic bags and tex­tiles that get caught in the MRF equip­ment and must be cut out by hand, one by one, for op­er­a­tions to re­sume. At the end of each day, the County uses 10 tem­po­rary em­ploy­ees to cut tan­glers from between a few thou­sand “stars” on the MRF’s five sort­ing screens. Watch a video of the sorters at the County’s MRF be­com­ing tan­gled with plas­tic bags. If res­i­dents kept tan­glers out of the re­cy­cling stream, these em­ploy­ees could do other main­te­nance.

Re­cy­cling and Waste Preven­tion Man­ager Char­lie Reighart said that keep­ing tan­glers out of the re­cy­cling stream is part of an over­all ef­fort by the County to re­duce con­tam­i­na­tion. Re­duc­ing con­tam­i­na­tion (non-re­cy­clable items in the bin) has be­come more im­por­tant due to ef­forts by China to ban im­ports of cer­tain prod­ucts and tighten con­tam­i­na­tion lim­its on oth­ers.

“While we ap­pre­ci­ate res­i­dents re­cy­cling, it is crit­i­cal that they keep con­tam­i­nants out of their re­cy­cling so that the County re­ceives more money for its re­cy­clables and pro­duces qual­ity ma­te­rial for new prod­ucts,” Reighart said. “We hope this PSA will get peo­ple to think twice be­fore they throw.”

Keep Tan­glers Out of the Re­cy­cling Stream

The County asks res­i­dents to re­use, up­cy­cle, do­nate or prop­erly dis­pose of tan­glers in a trash can in­stead of plac­ing them in the re­cy­cling bin.

Lo­cal re­tail­ers of­ten ac­cept plas­tic bags for re­cy­cling. Res­i­dents are en­cour­aged to visit abagslife. com or plas­tic­film­re­cy­cling.org to find plas­tic bag re­cy­cling drop-off lo­ca­tions in Bal­ti­more County. In ad­di­tion, the Bu­reau of Solid Waste Man­age­ment up­dates its Re­use Di­rec­tory ev­ery two years to help res­i­dents find places to do­nate or sell cloth­ing, linens and other items that the County does not ac­cept for re­cy­cling. For tan­gler up­cy­cle projects and re­use ideas, res­i­dents can fol­low Clean Green Bal­ti­more County on Face­book or search Pin­ter­est.

For more in­for­ma­tion on ac­cepted re­cy­clables, see the County’s web­site or call 410-887-2000.

Tour the County’s MRF

Bal­ti­more County of­fers free, 60-90 minute tours for up to 30 peo­ple. Tours are given to groups of all kinds, in­clud­ing com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tions, faith-based or­ga­ni­za­tions and stu­dent groups, grades four and up. The tours al­low peo­ple to learn about waste man­age­ment in Bal­ti­more County and see first­hand what hap­pens to re­cy­clables from the time they are col­lected un­til they are baled for mar­ket. Those in­ter­ested in tak­ing a MRF tour can sub­mit a re­quest on­line.

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