Monday, December 10, 2012

All Things Trash

Update 2/4/13: We've been asked to pass on some tips on how to secure your recyclables, because the loose trash is blowing around every Friday and being cleaned up by your neighbors:
  • Use an enclosed recycling container (free from Howard County). Please -- don't just place your recyclables on the curb in a box.
  • The small, skinny 35-gallon bins, however, are prone to tipping over on windy days. If you cannot use one of the large 65-gallon carts (upgrade is also free, see below) please secure the lid with a bungy cord. If need be, this will also let you lay the cart on its side.
  • Break down your boxes and if they won't fit into your bin, lay them flat on the ground with the cart/bin on top of them.
If you see trash blowing around, please help pick it up. Other suggestions are welcome. Thanks!

Some reminders about trash and recycling, which probably rank as your favorite subjects:

  • On Recycling Collection Days there has been a lot of recycled material blowing around the area near the small traffic island. We have been asked to suggest that:
    • Residents please do not overfill your recycling bins, and
    • If your bin is regularly overflowing, that you request a free upgrade from the County to a larger bin. (The largest size is 65 gallons and would cost $45 to purchase otherwise.) You can call Howard County at 410-313-6444.
    • (Note that some of the smaller bins in particular seem to blow over easily.)
  • Remember that with two holidays coming up, both trash and recycling will slide one day during the weeks of Christmas and New Year's.
    • Trash on Wednesday
    • Recycling on Saturday
  • If you have large bulk items to dispose of, you can contact Howard County to pick them up on your regular scheduled trash day:

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