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Environmental Protection Director Gives Recycling Presentation
at International Conference in Taiwan
(Written by Bonnie Ayers for the Paperless Airplane)top

Photo: Taiwan Conference

County DEP Director Bob Hoyt (far left) joins representatives from the other countries that participated in the 2012 International Conference on Resource Recycling in Taipei City, Taiwan.

While many local residents were making plans for Thanksgiving travels, dinner or entertaining, Department of Environmental Protection Director Bob Hoyt was halfway around the world talking to an international audience about the County’s recycling program.

Other than host Taipei City, Montgomery County was the only local government invited to participate in the “International Conference on Resource Recycling 2012” and the sole representative from the United States. The focus of the four-day conference was zero waste generation. The County was invited to participate based on a recommendation from the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and all expenses were paid by the Taiwan EPA.

Hoyt’s presentation described how the County’s recycling program operates, including our newly established recycling goal of 70 percent, one of the highest in the country. He provided information on our waste reduction efforts, including the bag law; how our collections are handled; and how outreach and education are major parts of our overall program.

The attendees visited recycling centers in Taipei and learned about the system that rewards residents for dropping off recyclables. (There are no curbside collections.) When residents bring in their materials and based on the weight of their recyclables, customers receive “gift” credits. With the credits, residents can purchase basic food and household items.


At a press event last year, Department of Environmental Protection Director Bob Hoyt holds up a discarded plastic bag to visually make the point about why discarded plastic bags are detrimental to the health of our waterways.—and why the new bag law is important

Hoyt said that, for him, one of the most vivid impressions of the conference was that “once the other countries heard about our recycling program, it became clear that we could hold our own with any of them.” Although he picked up on some ways we might be able to improve, the DEP director said, “As a whole system, there is no one better [than ours].”

Presentations were also given by representatives from Brazil, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and Sweden.

MCP Captain Thomas Didone Graduates from the FBI National Academytop

Photo: Didone

Captain Thomas Didone (right) at the graduation ceremony with FBI Director Robert Mueller.

On December 14, 2012, Captain Thomas Didone, director of the Montgomery County Police Traffic Division, graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Participation in the academy is by invitation only. Police Departments across the country and around the world nominate leaders in their organizations to attend this professional course of study for U.S. and international law enforcement professionals.

The 251st Session of the academy consisted of 260 men and women from law enforcement agencies from 49 states, the District of Columbia, 29 countries, four military organizations and six federal civilian organizations.

This session of the National Academy program began on September 30, 2012, and offered 11 weeks of advanced investigative, management and fitness training.

The FBI National Academy is held in Quantico, Virginia, and serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge, and cooperation worldwide.

Captain Didone is a second-generation police officer who joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1986. He has served as the Commander of the 5th District, the Director of the Special Operations Division and Records Division. In addition, he represents the department nationally giving motivational presentations on teen driving and alcohol-enforcement-related topics.

Other current MCP leaders who are graduates of the FBI National Academy include: Chief Thomas Manger, Assistant Chief Russell Hamill, Director of the Special Operations Division Captain Darryl McSwain, and 5th District Commander Luther Reynolds.

published by office of public information, sue tucker
Last edited: 1/31/2013