Counties plan to join forces on trash...


Counties plan to join forces on trash disposal

COLUMBIA -- Howard County officials and their Baltimore-area counterparts are looking at ways to collaborate on the disposal, burning and marketing of trash, an idea that stalled last year when Howard and three other counties made a similar effort.

"What's different about this is we're having somebody from each county participate in developing this plan," said Howard County Executive Charles I. Ecker. Like many jurisdictions, Howard County is facing skyrocketing costs of disposing or recycling its trash. This year's solid waste budget is $6.5 million and is expected to be 2 1/2 times that by the year 2000.

Most of the county's trash goes to the Alpha Ridge Landfill in Marriottsville, which is expected to be full by 2008.

Mr. Ecker and leaders of other communities asked for a study of the idea this summer in a meeting of the Baltimore Metropolitan Council, formerly the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments, said Michael Gagliardo, executive director of the waste authority.

The study was begun last month by the Northeast Maryland rTC Waste Disposal Authority for Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties.

It seeks regional possibilities such as landfills, incinerators, compost facilities or plants to sort recyclables, said John O'Hara, chief of Howard's environmental services bureau.

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