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County Executive John R. Leopold Announces Recycling Available to County Park Visitors

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold will announce Wednesday, October 3, that county park visitors will now be able to recycle during their visits thanks to newly placed recycling receptacles at seven county-operated parks, including Quiet Waters Park where the announcement will be made.

"Our goal is to achieve a 50 percent recycling rate, and in order to achieve that goal we need to recycle more often at home, at work, and even at play," said County Executive Leopold

The announcement comes shortly after County Executive Leopold put an additional $124,000 in his FY2008 budget to hire two additional recycling employees to improve the county’s recycling performance. In August, County Executive Leopold called for increased participation in the County Office Recycling Program (CORP) by county employees and also had recycling receptacles placed at all of the county’s senior centers.

Designated parks include Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis, Kinder Park in Millersville, Downs Park and Fort Smallwood Park in Pasadena, Bell Branch Park in Gambrills, Davidsonville Park in Davidsonville, and the B&A Trail.

To ensure the program’s success, the marked containers should only be used for recyclables, such as paper, cans, bottles, and jars which should be deposited loosely and not tied up in plastic bags. Regular trash should not be placed in recycling containers, as it makes recyclables less valuable.

In FY 2007 the Waste Management Services organization, a bureau of the county Department of Public Works, earned more than $1.8 million in revenue as a result of their recycling efforts, which resulted in a approximately 129,000 tons of materials being diverted from the county’s landfill.

WHO:

  • John R. Leopold, Anne Arundel County Executive
  • Ron Bowen, Director, Department of Public Works
  • Franklin Chaney, Operations Manager, Department of Recreation and Parks
  • Jim Pittman, Director, Bureau of Waste Management Services, DPW

WHEN: Wednesday, October 3, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE: Quiet Waters Park, 600 Quiet Waters Park Road, Annapolis, MD 21403


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