By the time 1978 is over, the Washington metropolitan area will have cast off about 1.7 million tons of paper, plastic, garbage, cans, bottles and other residential, commercial and industrial solid waste.
That estimate, provided by Trevis Markle, an environmental planner at the Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments, doesn't include constrution rubble or heavy, non-incinerable solid waste.
While most of the area's trash is destined to end up in costly and limited landfills, some of it will be recycled. There has been a "tremendous increase" in recycling efforts around the country since 1970, according to Neil Seldman, director of waste utilization at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
Although most of the estimated 3,000 drop-off recycling centres that sprang up in the United States from 1970 to 1973 have now disappeared, Seldman said, they are being replaced by pick-up services for recyclable goods.
Usually, recyclable materials are delivered directly mills or plants or are sold to middlemen. When the materials are sold to middlemen. When the materials are sold to middlemen, the paper is shredded and bailed and metal is shredded and compacted. The items are then sold to manufacturers.
Manufacturers sometimes make new products from recycle materials are mixed with virgin materials . The materials don't always come back in their original form. While newspapers can be recycled as newsprint, they also canreturn as celulose insulation orother products. Glass can be used for many different products, such as bottles, pipe, cement, or road construction materials. Some rubber tires can be retreaded, and other tires are mixed with asphalt for roads.
Manufacturers want recycled materials, Seldman said, because "it's cheaper to use secondary materials than virgin materials." Producing aluminum products from recycled aluminum takes 5 percent of the energy it would take if new materials were used, Seldman said. In making paper products from recycled paper, 30 percent of the energy is saved; in steel, 74 percent of the energy is saved; in steel, 74 percent of the energy is saved, and in glass, the savings is about 25 percent, he said.
The following guide to some recycling facilities in the area shows what the District and some organizations are doing to recycle some of the area's solid waste. The guide includes information on how to go about getting rid of bulky houshold items such as refigerators, stoves and furniture.
In the past the District ran a newspaper recycling program, but "it cost us more to pick (newsprint) up than it did to recycle it," according to Herbert L. Tucker, the city environmental services director.
An in-house committee is working on a total solid waste study, Tucker said, which may include a four or five-year plan and include recycling. It is not known when the study will be completed, he said.
"We have many citizens who are interested" in getting recycling programs going in the District, Tucker said, but "I'm just not sure that I'm prepared to ask the citizens" to separate glass by color, separate newsprint and go to any additional trouble in putting out their refuse until a system of recycling is developed "that will bear fruit," and be financially as well as ecologically sound.
District officials are meeting with the National Black Veterans Organization about the possibility of setting up a demonstration waste collection program in the city. "I'm going to lean over backwards in working with them," Tucker said. "If we can work out some way where they can take (waste paper, bottles and cans) off our hands" for a reasonable amount of money, I'll be interested. No specific recommendations for the project have yet been made.
The city will pick up bulky house-hold appliances such as stoves, refrigerators, water heaters or washing machines from homes with three or fewer family units. To request a special pick-up, call 399-4600, and you will be told when to put the items out.
Old furniture or any large items that can be burned, second trash pick-up day, which is Thursday or Friday.
Old cars which can't be driven away will be towed away by the city at no charge. To request a tow, call 399-4600. The police should be called about abandoned autos.
The DUPONT CIRCLE NIGHBORHOOD ECOLOGY CORPORATION-RECYCLERS, a non-profit group, operates a pick-up service for aluminum, newspapers, telephone books, cardboard, office paper, computer paper, file cards, folders and other paper products from office buildings, apartment buildings or organized blocks and neighborhoods in Dupont Circle, Georgetown, Glover Park, Roggy Bottom, West End, Cathedral Heights and surrounding areas.
For information, or to volunteer your services, call Judy Zuckerman at 234-5166 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. any day. The Dupot group works with the National Black Veterans Organization, which provides trucks and manpower.
The Dupont group also operates a drop-off site on 25th Street NW, between M and NW, for newspapers, telephone books and aluminum, including cans which have been flattened, pie plates, TV dinner trays, aluminum doors and screens. Items can be dropped off every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
People who bring in items to be recycle or those who have them picked up are not paid. The Center said all revenue generated though its sale of the items will be reinvested in community improvement projects.
The NATIONAL BLACK VETERANS ORGANIZATION has organized a major recycling effort in the District, and is developing systems throughout the metropolitan area for a comprehensive recycling operation.
The veterans operate a public drop-off collection center for paper and aluminum at 629 F St. NW from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. The group is planning to open several additional public drop-off collection points in the District soon. They also make pick-ups at 48 private points throughout the city.
The organization cannot make pick-ups from individuals, but it assists groups in establishing their own recycling collection centres.
The veterans also can help groups with paper and aluminum drices. The veterans organization will provide educational and publicity campaigns for these groups, make marketing agreements and provide collection services. People interested in organizing a pick-up point for their own groups can call Patricia Ferrand or Charles Rooks at 638-2399.
A substantial share of the materials collection by the National Black Veterans ORganization are donated by those who support's aims of the program. The group's aims are to promote conservation of energy and resources and create a fund for the unsubsidized employment of veterans.
For groups or individuals who want to recycle for fundraising purposes, NBVO pays current market prices for loose newspapers and newspapers tied or stored in brown paper grocery bags.
It is not practical for the group to pick up small quantities of paper and mustplan plan to qcquire at least 300 to 500 pounds per stop. (An average house-hold can easily save 50 pounds of paper per month, the veterans say.)
Aluminum cans, in any quantity, are worth 17 cents a pound when brought to 629 F St. NW or when collected by NBVO in quantities of 1,000 pounds or more. When the veterans group provides collection service for less than 1,000 pounds, but more than 500 pounds, payment is 15 cents per pound. For less than 500 pounds, payment is 12 cents per pound. (Prices are subject to change depending on current market value).
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY has a student-run recycling organization called Unicycle. Unicycle operates a drop-off center for newspapers and aluminum behind the Healy Building at 37th and 0 streets NW. Residents can drop off newspapers and aluminum any time.
Many scrap companies in the area pay for most types of metals. They are lissted in the Yellow Pages under "Scrap" or "Recycling Centres."
THE ONTARIO LAKERS, a civic group, will pick up aluminum and newspaper from homes and apartments in the Adams Morgan-Mount Pleasant area. The Lakers work in cooperation with the National Black Veterans Organization. Call William Tate at 638-2623 to arrange to have items picked up. In the near future, Tate said, a drop-off site for newspaper and aluminum will be available for Adams Morgan-Mount Pleasant residents.
BALLOU HIGH SCHOOL seniors and the school ecology department operate a collection center for all-aluminum cans and other household aluminum. Items can be dropped off weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in room A-9 of the school, at 4th and Trenton streets SE. To drop off large loads, call Carl Keels first at 767-7071.
The ALUMINUM ASSOCIATION, INC. operates a 24-hour toll-free telephone service to inform callers of the nearest all-aluminum can collection center. The toll-free number is 800-223-6830. The collection centers normally are manned with attendants who will weigh cans and pay for them. Call first for operating hourS.
PREMIUM DISTRIBUTORS, INC. buys all-aluminum cans for 12 cents per pound, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 3350 New York Ave. NE. Call 526-3900 for information.
REYNOLDS ALUMINUM RECYCLING CO. sends two mobile recycling units daily to shopping centres in the District, Northern Virginia and Maryland pick up aluminum. The company pays 17 cents per pound on the spot for all types of aluminum, including cans, siding, foil, scrap aluminum castings, such as lawn mower engines.
Scraps should be broken down so they are no longer than three feet in length and should be bundled with rope or twine. Cans should be put in bags, which are supplied at the mobile unit stops.
To find out when a mobile unit will be visiting your area, call (toll free) 800-243-6000. Aluminum can be dropped off and sold at the Reynolds Recycling Center at 9730-A George Palmer Higway Lanham, Md. from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.
The FIRESTONE TIRE AND RUBBER COMPANY will pay $1 each for old tires that are worn but in good condition.
Although the nearest Firestone tire recycling drop off center is in Baltimore, the company can make arrangements to have a truck available at a local Firestone store if there is enough interest by clubs or organizations.
Organizations wishing to participate in the program must first register with Firestone headquarters in Akron, Ohio, to obtain full details. Registration inquiries should be sent to E.K. Hemry, Manager of Retread Manufacturing, Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., 1200 Firestone Parkway, Akron, Ohio 44317.
If you just want to drive to Baltimore and sell less than 20 tires, they can be dropped off Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2915 Whittington Ave., Baltimore. If you bring in less than 20 tires, they will be inspected on the spot to make sure they are rettreadable, and then payment will be made.