St. Mary's Streamlines Recycling

From Staff Reports
Thursday, December 7, 2006

St. Mary's County has begun the transition to a new recycling program being implemented by the Department of Public Works and Transportation, the county commissioners' office announced this week.

Residents using the county's six convenience centers will no longer have to sort recyclables as the program takes effect during the balance of this year. Instead, they will be able to mix newspaper, magazines and all other paper in the same recycling containers with plastics, glass, aluminum and steel containers. Attendants at each site will have details about the transition schedule.

"The development of this program represents a major step forward in our long-term waste resource management strategy," George Erichsen, director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, said in a statement announcing the change.

Most residents will be able to get by with just one recycling container. Corrugated cardboard will continue to be sorted separately. The county also is expanding its plastic recycling program to accept No. 3 through No. 7 plastics (narrow and screw-top containers) in addition to the No. 1 and No. 2 containers already collected.

Recyclable items collected at the St. Mary's convenience centers are trucked to Elkridge, the site of one of the nation's largest single-stream recycling facilities, where special equipment separates the materials.

Residents who need more information can visit or call 301-863-8400.

CSM Foundation Directors

The College of Southern Maryland recently announced four new board members of the CSM Foundation, which provides academic and financial support to students and programs at the college.

In a statement announcing the new members, CSM development director Jane Loughran praised "the generous donation of time and commitment our board chairs and directors provide to the college."

The new members are:

ยท Greg Cockerham, chief lending officer for Community Bank of Tri-County. Cockerham received an associate degree from Charles County Community College (now CSM) before completing a bachelor's degree in business administration at West Virginia University. He has worked in the banking industry for 30 years. He is also a member of the Rotary Club of Charles County, Grace Brethren Christian School Board and the Charles County School Vocational Cooperative Education Committee.

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