FREDERICK, Md. - In an effort for Frederick County, Md., to leave a green footprint, a Town Hall meeting was held to help identify in what ways the county can help to increase those numbers.
Frederick County is moving forward in the green direction. Back in 2014, Frederick County scrapped the idea of a Waste-to-Energy Incinerator project and at the time, there was not a permanent solution to Frederick’s waste disposal.
“This has been a long and very public process and the community owns the outcome and has ownership to the outcome of what is recommended,” said Frederick County Executive, Jan Gardner.
Since then, the County Executive put a team together to identify long term solid-waste options.
“What wanted to evaluate for financial cost and implementation for the future of our solid waste and that was all put into the context of the state zero-waste plan and our requirement to achieve in increase in recycling and composting goals,” said Gardner.
The two-phase study, that started back in 2016, recently released their findings on making Frederick County a greener place. The detailed analysis and projected cost of selected options was prepared by Geosyntec Consultants.
“People are approaching it through pilot programs,” said Gardner. “There are certainly some commercial composting operations that are looking to gear up to meet that need, and we are certainly joining a lot of others in making compost bins available."
With many towns across the county starting some of their own initiatives, the Mayor of Thurmont came out to the Solid Waste-What's Next? public meeting to hear how he can help his town.
"I hope we can bring some logical solutions to the issues we have because their lot of issues with trashing and recycling,” said Mayor John Kinnaird. “It make sense for me to come in and see what is going on and report back to our community what the recommendations are.”