Two Montgomery County communities have come together for a friendly competition that will benefit the environment.
In coordination with the Montgomery County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s Division of Solid Waste Services (DSWS), the communities of Cabin John and Carderock Springs will engage in a seven-week long Scrap Metal Recycling Challenge.
The competition, which will run from March 1 through April 18, is designed to increase awareness of the importance of recycling, while encouraging residents to recycle their unwanted or unusable scrap metal items. All residents of single-family households in Montgomery County can receive recycling collection of large scrap metal items, such as appliances, lawn mowers, microwaves, metal lawn furniture, and other similar items, on an on-call basis.
According to Arthur Holmes, Jr., Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation, “Everyone can reduce waste and recycle to do their part to improve the health of their community and protect the environment. A number of residents of Cabin John and Carderock Springs already understand the importance of recycling and are so committed to recycling that they approached DSWS with the idea of a community recycling challenge to get their friends and neighbors involved and equally aware.”
During the challenge, residents of the two communities can recycle a variety of scrap metal items in one of two ways:
• For large items such as refrigerators, freezers, swing sets, bikes, air conditioners, hot water heaters, metal doors, grills, metal sheds and lawn mowers, residents can call DSWS at 240-777-6410 by 11 a.m. the day before their regular recycling collection day and arrange for a pick up.
• Smaller items such as wire coat hangers, cooking utensils, toasters, nuts and bolts, keys, metal lids, etc. should be taken to a designated location in each community and placed in the blue recycling container marked “scrap metal.” Residents of each community will have been given the exact locations of these drop-off points in the challenge kick-off presentation and educational materials.
At the conclusion of the challenge, DSWS will calculate the weight of the scrap metal collected in both communities to determine the winner. The winning community will be recognized at a celebration to be held on April 27 at the Clara Barton Community Center.
According to DSWS, scrap metal items make up approximately eight percent of the total waste generated in the county.
For more information about scrap metal and other recycling programs in Montgomery County, call 240-777-6410 or visit www.montgomerycountymd.gov/recycling.
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