Recycling centers in Loudoun County, all but unheard of two years ago, will be a part of nearly every community from Sterling Park to Round Hill by the end of the summer, according to a report presented this week to the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors.

The report, compiled by the county's recycling office and its department of engineering, said that since Jan. 1, the towns of Purcellville and the eastern Loudoun communities of Countryside, Sterling Park and Sugarland Run have started recycling centers. Last year, centers opened in Lovettsville, Lucketts and the county landfill on Route 621. Middleburg has a curbside recycling program, in which most of the town's households participate weekly.

By the end of summer, the towns of Hamilton, Round Hill and Leesburg will also have recycling centers, and the town of Hillsboro is considering starting one.

Beth Law, of Sugarland Run, who helps to oversee that community's recycling center, said about 300 families use the center when it is open on two Saturdays a month.

"I've been really pleased," she said.

Stephen J. Carfora, the county's recycling coordinator, helped nearly every community start its recycling program. Since he was hired for the newly created job in September, he has visited town councils, homeowners associations, civic groups and schools to promote the idea. If enough residents participate in the new programs, he said, the county may meet its state-mandated goal of recycling 10 percent of its waste by next year and 25 percent by 1995. By then, he said, he hopes a county-wide program will be in place.

"My goal now is going to be to try to coordinate these {individual} efforts a little more," Carfora said. "In the long run, we can't have every town and every citizen group running their own individual program . . . but right now if I tried to slow {individual efforts} down, it would be counter-productive."

Recycling efforts in Loudoun intensified after the two April Earth Days elebrations and a controversial decision by the Board of Supervisors to expand the county's landfill. That decision followed a battle in which some residents fought to keep the county from building a new landfill near their homes. The battle also spurred them to think about other methods for getting rid of trash.

Recycling may get another boost in July, when the county may begin charging a $5 per car user fee for residents who dump their own trash in the landfill. Residents would be able to avoid the fee if they bring in enough recyclable material along with their trash.

The county would award credits of about $1 for each garbage bag of recyclable materials that residents bring to the landfill with their trash. Bringing five bags of newspapers, glass, cans, and plastics would allow residents to dump their trash for free, as they have done since the landfill opened.

"People are going to get the message that they can save a substantial amount of money" by recycling, said Philip Hostetter, who helped start the Sugarland Run and Sterling Park recycling centers.

Not everyone thinks the arrangement is a good one.

Last month the Loudoun Times-Mirror decried the decision to charge fees to homeowners as "very wrong and very stupid." In an editorial, the paper said that some residents will inevitably dump their trash alongside county roads or in wooded areas to avoid the fee. In a letter to Leesburg Today, Lucketts resident Jim Rocks made the same claim.

"That's {charging fees} a very sensitive effort," Carfora conceded.

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors decided to let a committee study whether fees are needed. If the board decides to levy fees, they would go into effect July 1.

But Bill Brown, head of the county's division of solid waste management and Carfora's boss, said the new homeowner fees, as well as higher hauler fees, are necessary.

"We need to recoup some of our costs {of disposing of garbage}," Brown said, "so we're asking the users to do it, instead of using tax dollars."

The fee for trash haulers, who serve incorporated towns and large subdivisions, would increase from $29 to $40 per ton of garbage. They would not be eligible for recycling credits.

County residents made about 43,000 trips to the landfill last year, dumping about 25 percent -- or 19,050 tons -- of the landfill's garbage. Private trash haulers dump the rest.