Montgomery County expands recycling options -- Gazette.Net


If you’re looking for an opportunity to get rid of that old pet carrier or plastic garbage can, now is your chance.

Montgomery County will soon expand its recycling program to include bulky rigid plastics, including large items such as pet crates or carriers, children’s toys, plastic pools or playhouses, milk crates, laundry baskets, dish strainers, large water bottles, step-stools, automotive bedliners, grills and hub caps, plastic coat hangers and other objects.

Residents can drop the items off at the county’s recycling center at 16105 Frederick Road in Derwood starting Wednesday.

The county has been working to make sure companies who buy recycling items and use them to make other products would have a demand for the bulky plastic items before it begins collecting them, said Eileen Kao, chief of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Section for the county’s Division of Solid Waste Services.

County Executive Isiah Leggett was scheduled to announce the change Wednesday at the county recycling facility.

In a statement Tuesday, Leggett said he’s been a long-time advocate of recycling programs that make it easier for residents to recycle more materials in quantities that are as large as possible.

As awareness of the county’s program increased, Montgomery residents and businesses have helped make the county a national leader in recycling efforts, the statement said.

Last year, Montgomery set a goal of recycling 70 percent of its waste stream by 2020.

The expanded recycling program will help Montgomery reach that 70 percent goal, according to Leggett’s statement.

The county began its recycling program in the ’70s and has continuously expanded it to provide more recycling opportunities, Kao said.

“We’re always really looking for the next frontier,” she said.