QUESTION: Are You Recycling in Havre de Grace?

Havre de Grace Patch asks the Question of the Week.

During last week's City Council meeting, green-conscious Councilwoman Barbara Wagner revealed some figures on recycling in Havre de Grace.

Wagner said Havre de Grace is well behind the national average when it comes to recycling percentage against overall waste production. The city's recycling rate varied greatly over the past year, she said.

"We are as low as 12 percent last August and as high as 22 percent, which was last December," Wagner said. "At best, we're way below the national recycling rate. At our worst, we're embarrassingly low."

The national rate is 34.1 percent.

"Our fee at the dump is continuing to rise. As time goes on, it's going to cost us more and more," Wagner said. "We're paying for history, really. There's so much trash generated, it's become so costly."

Wagner said more than 37 percent of waste produced nationwide is paper-based and oftentimes recyclable. 

Havre de Grace offers city-wide recycling on Thursday and yard waste pick-up service on Fridays.

Read more about city trash and recycling service here.

Wagner is an advocate for composting waste, as well.

"We can't do anything about yesterday but we can start today," Wagner said.

Sounds like a challenge, no?

We want to hear from you.

TELL US: Do you recycle? Could you recycle more? What would help you to recycle more? Leave a comment.

Fred Cullum October 11, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Janet, The garbage pick up and the recycle pick up are on different days. If one is at the curb the other shouldn't be, so that eliminated the problem of recycles going in the trash stream. Since the County and then the City went to single stream recycling it is easy to do now, but for some reason people continue to find excuses not to recycle.
Blake McCloud October 11, 2012 at 09:45 PM
I am trying to do a better job myself with this. Not perfect but getting better!
Andrew October 11, 2012 at 10:48 PM
Aaahh Katie - but do THEY live with someone who does? : )
JANET D October 11, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Fred, thanks for the clarification.. if only it was that easy. I am well aware of the different pick up days, and I have recycled for years. But I also know what I have seen, they REACH into my fence and take all the cans... if I have set them out or not. trash on recycling days and recycling on trash days.. they have done this at my house and neighbors.. just stating the facts here.
Jessica October 12, 2012 at 09:15 PM
if someone were reaching into my fenced yard . . . thats tresspassing right ? put up some barb wire or taze them ;)


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