When it comes to recycling efforts in the state of Maryland, MoCo is number one for the second year in a row. County Executive, Ike Leggett announced our county ranking in a recent press release of MoCo County news. With a rate of just under 60 percent for 2012, MoCo has led all other counties in its efforts of waste diversion according to the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The waste reduction rate is significantly higher than the 15- 20 percent minimum set by the Maryland Recycling Act. County Executive Leggett has noted that this great achievement for the second year in a row reflects how the county has embraced his goal of reaching a 70 percent rate of waste reduction by 2020. Reaching close to 60 percent by 2014 puts the optimum goal of 70 percent well within reach. The results also reflect how county residents have taken the environment and protecting our county to heart. Without the support of our businesses, organizations and residents, this accomplishment would not be possible.
MoCo has created extensive programs to reduce waste for businesses and residents alike. For businesses, there is the SORRT program which includes required recycling procedures which are reported on annually to the county to ensure compliance. With the requirements, tools are provided to make compliance easy to accomplish. From providing desk side bins to educational materials, certification training on recycling practices and even achievement awards for those companies who best embrace waste reduction practices, MoCo businesses lead by great example.
The TRACC program supports property managers and owners of multifamily homes to help residents achieve stellar waste reduction. Seminars are provided to learn the various ways recycling can be done and to encourage property owners to embrace recycling as well. MoCo also provides a weekly recycling pick up service for single family homes with collection bins enabling residents to recycle more. The county also provides materials from flyers and decals to magnets, stickers and even educational DVDs free of charge to all residents and businesses to encourage a recycling lifestyle.
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