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  1. National Adoption Day on November 22 Highlights Need for Foster Parents

    National Adoption Day is November 22, and 12 children in the Baltimore County Department of Health and Human Services’ foster care program will find permanent homes in an adoption ceremony at the Old Courthouse in Towson.
    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:29:30 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/1120adoptionday.html
  2. County Announces Free Parking Meter Dates for the Holidays

    If the thought of navigating a huge parking lot has you dreaming of drone delivery, Baltimore County has an easier way to shop.
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 16:36:56 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/1119freeparking.html
  3. Kamenetz Recognizes Recycling Companies for Voluntary Reporting

    Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz acknowledged and thanked two dozen businesses for recycling and for voluntarily submitting recycling tonnage reports with Baltimore County.
    Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:51:22 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/releases/1118commercialrecycling.html

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  1. Buying Green Saves Green

    Deborah  Meehan, CPPB
    Division Chief, Baltimore County Purchasing Services
    Office of Budget & Finance

    As a professional buyer, it’s always important to get the most “bang for your buck,” the best value and quality at the lowest price possible. Here in Baltimore County’s Purchasing Division, we are proud of our commitment to not only save money, but to get the best “deal” for our environment as well. 

    Years ago, realizing the impact that a large local government can have on local recycling markets, we updated the County Code to specify the purchase of recycled and recyclable products.  This includes the purchase of recycled paper that contains post-consumer fiber as well as the use of double-sided copies.

    We make a point to purchase Energy Star computer equipment and appliances. We have gone green with our janitorial cleaning products – using citrus-based cleaners to reduce toxicity while saving money without sacrificing results.

    As you might imagine, we recycle tons of paper and bottles and cans from County offices and facilities. But it doesn’t end there. We also recycle outdated computer and electronic equipment by the truckload, keeping it out of landfills and earning a rebate per pound. And, we make a point to ensure that these e-cyclables are not shipped offshore to facilities with questionable environmental standards.

    Our printer cartridge recycling effort is a particular success story. We are enjoying significant savings on this basic office expense without any reduction in quality.

    We have recently begun to accept some bids or proposals electronically, and expect to eventually open that procedure up to all bids and proposals, saving reams and boxes of paper per bid. When you consider that we have more than 1,100 contracts and receive an average of 175 bids per year, that’s a lot of paper and a lot of trees!  Plus, electronic submission simplifies and speeds up our processing.

    We are committed to being part of the solution, and our environmentally preferable purchasing policies are making a difference for the bottom line and are helping to ensure a healthy environment for all of our children and grandchildren. 

    Justin Tucker, Baltimore County Office of Communications Intern, contributed to this blog.

    Thu, 20 Nov 2014 16:02:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Buying_Green_Saves_Green
  2. “Nature’s recycling program” gets a little help from Baltimore County

    Clyde Trombetti,
    Public Information Specialist
    Baltimore County Bureau of Solid Waste Management

    For the next few weeks we’re right in the thick of it when it comes to leaf collection. Each year from the beginning of April to the middle of December, Baltimore County provides a special yard materials recycling collection, once every two weeks, to 70 percent (165,000) of the County’s individual and townhomes. Materials such as grass, leaves, and small brush are collected and taken to the Eastern Sanitary Landfill Solid Waste Management Facility (ESL) in White Marsh for composting. The goal of this program is to reduce the amount of organic matter that is being landfilled. In 2013 approximately 11,000 tons of yard materials from the County’s Yard Materials Recycling Collection Program were processed into compost.

    County residents may also take yard materials and brush and branches to two of the County’s drop-off facilities for recycling. More than 17,200 tons of these items were taken to ESL and approximately 4,100 tons were taken to the Central Acceptance Facility (CAF) in 2013.

    What happens to the grass, leaves and brush?

    The items dropped off at CAF are processed into compost and mulch by Hollins Organic Products, Inc. The yard materials from the County’s Yard Materials Recycling Collection Program and the yard materials and brush and branches taken to ESL by residents are processed into compost and mulch by the County at ESL.

    Large tree branches and tree trunks are run through a large piece of equipment called a tub grinder to make mulch. The smaller material (grass, leaves, and small brush) is piled in long rows called windrows. Another large piece of equipment, appropriately named a windrow turner, moves over the rows using rotating blades to break down, mix and aerate the material. This process of “turning” helps to create the proper conditions for efficient composting (“nature’s recycling program”) of the material. Depending on the weather and other factors, the material will generally stay in these rows roughly 90 days. This material is then run through a trommel screen to remove large and unwanted debris. The compost is then piled up, where it continues to “cure” until it is ready for use.

    Compost is decomposed organic material (humus) that helps to enrich and condition the soil. Mulch is “shredded” wood that is used around plants, bushes, and trees as ground cover, and helps to protect root systems from the cold.

    Free compost and mulch for residents

    Baltimore County residents may pick up compost and mulch, free of charge, from ESL (6259 Days Cove Road, White Marsh, MD 21162). Before going to ESL, call the Solid Waste Management customer service number (410-887-2000) to check on the availability of compost and mulch. Residents will need to bring and fill their own containers.

    DIY is best bet

    Collecting and processing yard materials is a big and expensive task, so residents are encouraged to “lend a hand” and handle their yard materials at home, through methods such as grasscycling, leafcycling and home composting. For more information about these easy to do methods, check out www.baltimorecountymd.gov/solidwaste.

    Fri, 14 Nov 2014 16:28:00 GMThttp://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/News/BaltimoreCountyNow/Natures_recycling_program_gets_a_little_help_from_Baltimore_County

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