Ecology teacher boosted recycling

The Baltimore Sun

Keeping in mind Harford County's strong support of recycling and the benefits of "preserving the planet," it's good to remember the initial efforts of a lone ecology teacher at Bel Air High School back in 1972.

He thought it was a good idea to recycle and therein began a classroom project that grew into a wave of right-mindedness when it came to "just tossing out the trash" and stepping up for a minute and separating glass, tin, paper, cardboard and aluminum into bags to be processed by his classroom volunteers.

Thus the saga of Susquehannock Environmental Center began. Some folks opposed the little center, stuck on a vacant lot on the west side of Rock Spring Avenue in Bel Air, but the kids and the Pied Piper pressed on to greater things and bigger volumes of recyclables.

As Harford is cited for its role in recycling, it's wise to recall the teacher who took on the idea and nursed it to fruition. Bob Chance. He made it all happen, and for that many of us are grateful.

Todd Holden Forest Hill

Bob Chance, now retired and operating a Christmas tree farm near Darlington, taught earth science at Bel Air High School in the 1970s.

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