Frederick County waste management officials say they have seen progress over the past months in regards to the community separating trash from recyclables — but they need it to continue.
County staff say the recycling program may become less stable once its contract with Southern Scrap expires at the end of December.
Southern Scrap is the most local recycler and the county has had a year long renewable contract with them for the last five years.
Because of cost and concern of contaminated product, Scrap no longer wants to commit to a year, offering the county a 60 day period, which the county officials say is too short and unstable.
“If it doesn’t belong in our program, it’s going to be put to the side and Frederick County tax payers will have to pay for the disposal of that item, and yes it does drive up his cost — and his cost and his labor concerns are his primary challenges right now,” Frederick County Solid Waste Manager Gloria Puffinburger says.
Officials say residents can help by continuing to recycle properly.