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    Recycling in OC

    Not sure if this bothers any of you as much as it does me, but I'm really puzzled why OC does not recycle anymore. Letter to the editor addressing this in the Dispatch:

    https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2018/01/...nuary-12-2018/

    We had recycling service at our condo around 10 or so years ago, and it only lasted a year or 2. All the time back then, there were green barrels on the beach, where you could dump bottles, cans, etc. from last night's party. Haven't seen the green barrels for years now.

    I get asked all the time from renters in our building where they can put recyclables and they are usually most upset when I give them the news.

    I talked to Senator Mathias about this and he mentioned that they take the garbage to Delaware and they spin some of the recyclables out there. (in the article, it says our trash goes to PA)

    Needless to say, when people come to OC, they bring a mountain of glass and metal with them and all this is ending up in a landfill. I've thought about bringing some home, but we shouldn't have to do that.

    Someone told me there's a drop off area for recyclables, I think maybe around the Home Depot on Rt. 50. that may be worth investigating. If anyone knows exactly where that is, please post it.

    Thoughts?

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    In a perfect world we would be able to recycle anything, anywhere, any time; but our world isn't perfect. I have a feeling that you'd find that at least part of the reason the green barrels disappeared from the beach is because the not-so-perfect people were dumping every thing & any thing into them. I live in an area where recycling is not mandatory, but we had a lot of places where there were containers for various recyclables. That has all been done away with because people thought they were general trash/garbage containers. They dumped so many things in that weren't supposed to be dumped in. And, left junk laying around the containers, even old furniture, mattresses, old tvs & other appliances, rather than pay a fee to have them hauled away. It was just not financially possible for the groups who were doing the recycling to sort out the good from the bad & pay to have the non-recyclables disposed of. This could quite possibly be what OC encountered also. It's sad, but that's what happens all too often.

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    I thought that all of the restaurants in OC participated in a recycling program where they donated all of their spoiled food to Paul Reveres.



    It's been a long time since a good Paul Revere comment on here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kds53098 View Post
    I thought that all of the restaurants in OC participated in a recycling program where they donated all of their spoiled food to Paul Reveres.



    It's been a long time since a good Paul Revere comment on here.
    BOOM!!!

    ....and to the OP no this doesn't bother me. This has been hashed out before. Do some research. Life is too short. They do what they can.

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    Between the rehash of the recycling issue and the "put ramps to the ocean" issue, both have had that horse beaten to death.
    This is from the town government's page:
    "You may recall the old adage, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Well, in the case of Ocean City, one man’s trash is another man’s fuel source.

    Ocean City currently holds a contract with Covanta 4Recovery, a leader in the field of solid waste management energy from waste facilities, for trucking and repurposing of the town’s Municipal Solid Waste (MSW). Locally, residents and visitors generate roughly 34,000 tons of MSW annually. Historically, the vast majority of that waste was landfilled in Worcester County’s central landfill, but that is no longer the case.

    Several years ago, the town chose to part ways with the old fashion means of landfilling ones trash and instead chose to make beneficial reuse of the waste for electricity generation. The town still collects the MSW from all residents and businesses, however; once the trash is brought back to the solid waste transfer station, it is loaded in large tractor trailers and departs in route to the Energy Resource Recovery Facility, which is owned and operated by Covanta. That facility, which is located in Fairfax, VA, has an annual capacity of nearly 1 million tons of MSW.

    At this facility MSW is used in lieu of fossil fuels to generate heat and produce steam. The steam is then used to turn turbines that produce electricity. On average, 670 Kilowatts of electricity are produced for every one ton of trash that is burned. In the case of the Fairfax County facility, that means they produce enough electricity to annually power 75,000 homes.

    For those who fear the word “incinerator” by recalling environmental concerns of the 1960 and 70’s, with visions of toxic smoke spewing from the stacks, have no fear! This is not the case anymore. With the current regulatory oversight of such facilities via the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the individual States Department of Environments, the industry is now heavily regulated for emissions filtering, limits, and controls.

    So that leaves some wondering, “What about the traditional means recycling?” and “Where does that fit into the overall concept of Energy From Waste?” Well, little do many realize that the entire Energy from Waste process also includes post incineration metals separation. At the Fairfax facility alone they recycle enough metal annually to build the equivalent of 20,000 automobiles.

    Additionally, the town still recycles white goods, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, as well as other miscellaneous metals, while also maintaining a used oil/anti-freeze recycling drop off. So, the next time you wonder where your trash is going, think about two main options. Is it is being landfilled, like most county and municipal governments OR your trash being repurposed as a fuel source to create electricity and reduce our dependency on fossil fuels?"

    So yes, they do recycle. Just maybe not the way you want them to.
    Ask an OC Insider

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    Speaking of beating a dead horse, this is back again

    https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2018/01/...federal-court/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kds53098 View Post
    Speaking of beating a dead horse, this is back again

    https://mdcoastdispatch.com/2018/01/...federal-court/
    That's not a dead horse, that's a naked horse!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllAnn View Post
    That's not a dead horse, that's a naked horse!
    That could be a good name for the rabble rouser who insists on making a name for herself while wasting untold amount of tax dollars in the process.

    This issue is like Michael Myers. Just when you think it's dead, boom, it's back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kds53098 View Post
    That could be a good name for the rabble rouser who insists on making a name for herself while wasting untold amount of tax dollars in the process.

    This issue is like Michael Myers. Just when you think it's dead, boom, it's back.
    It's really too bad that that's the only way some people can get their 15 minutes of fame. I'd like to see the city find some way to haul her naked butt into court a few times. Maybe if she had to pay a lawyer a few times she'd quit. Of course, she probably gets her lawyer pro bono.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EllAnn View Post
    It's really too bad that that's the only way some people can get their 15 minutes of fame. I'd like to see the city find some way to haul her naked butt into court a few times. Maybe if she had to pay a lawyer a few times she'd quit. Of course, she probably gets her lawyer pro bono.
    In a perfect world, this type of nonsense would be thrown out of court instead of wasting the time and money.

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