Sunday, December 21, 2014

Howard County "Merry Mulch" Recycles Holiday Trees

Howard County will accept holiday trees in its "Merry Mulch" recycling program from December 26 through January 16, so trees don't have to go into a landfill.

Trees can be accepted at a half-dozen designated garden centers, parks, and the Alpha Ridge landfill, from where they are transferred to a recycling facility to be turned into compost and mulch.

The closest recycling location to us is at Savage Park near Savage Mill.

The tree in Union Station is probably a wee bit larger than the one in your house

Curbside recycling will also be accepted (with trees cut up and tied) on your recycling day for communities with curbside recycling pick-up until January 16, 2015. After that point they should be put out with the trash, or brought to Alpha Ridge if you want to recycle.

Dates: Fri., December 26 - Fri., January 16
Times: 7:30 AM - 5 PM (Mon-Fri)
  • Strip trees of all ornaments, stands, and tinsel
  • (For curbside collection) Cut trees into 4-foot lengths and tie them together (do not need to be bagged). Bundles must be under 40 lbs.
  • After January 16, bring trees to Alpha Ridge Landfill for recycling (see hours below), or set out with the trash
  • Artificial trees and wreaths with metal components can be recycled in the scrap metal area at Alpha Ridge

Monday, December 15, 2014

Notes: Emerson HOA Meeting & Elections 11/24/14

Highlights of the Emerson Board Meeting on 11/24/14:
  • Elections
    • Three new Board Members elected, very heavy participation in the election
  • Howard County Officials in attendance
    • Councilwoman Jen Terrasa (District 3)
    • Howard County Chief of Traffic Kris Jagarapu 
      • Extended Q&A Session
        • Local road projects
        • Wincopia Farms/Walden Woods
        • Process for upgrading roads, adding traffic calming
  • Open Resident Forum

  1. Elected to the Emerson Board of Directors for 2-year terms:

Merry Recycle Slide Weeks!

Don't forget -- due to the holidays, Recycle Pick-up will slide for both of the next two weeks:

Christmas Week:

  • Tuesday, 12/23/14: Trash Pick-up (regularly scheduled day)
  • Saturday, 12/27/14: Recycle Pick-up (slides one day)

New Year's Week:

  • Tuesday, 12/30/14: Trash Pick-up (regularly scheduled day)
  • Saturday, 1/3/15: Recycle Pick-up (slides one day)

Happy New Year! See you in 2015!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Metro Green Line at Konterra?

With the opening of new roads around the Konterra site, as well as vague references to the first phase of the $3 billion Konterra Town Center East project coming in 2015, is it possible Washington Metro's Green Line could be extended to Konterra?

Konterra Map

Although no proposals are under active consideration, it would bring DC Metro within 10-15 minutes of Emerson.

Several old news articles about Konterra have alluded to requests from the developers of Konterra to the state and county for not only the new highway exits from I-95 and MD-200 which were just opened, but also a DC Metro stop at Konterra.

There is a MARC station at Muirkirk Road on Route 1 near the new intersection with MD-200, about 1.5 miles from the Konterra exit on I-95.

A study for the Maryland Legislature in 2007 looked at several options for extending the Green Line from Greenbelt to BWI: