About recycling & e-cycling, composting & more!

March 25, 2007 at 12:54 pm 57 comments

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  • 1. dougretzler  |  March 27, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    The Loading Dock, Inc.
    A low cost building. materials reuse center
    2 N.Kresson St.


  • 2. dougretzler  |  March 27, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    The Book Thing of Baltimore, Inc.
    Our mission is to put unwanted books into the hands of those who want them.
    3001 Vineyard Lane
    Baltimore, MD 21218
    (410) 662-5631


  • 3. Prescott Gaylord  |  March 29, 2007 at 12:20 pm


    We are doing a project right now where we are attempting to recycle huge amounts of construction waste and demolition waste. We have been great at separating and recycling most products, but I would love to find out where we can recycle gypsom from the site. The closest we can find right now is Georgia. Any help would be welcome.

  • 4. Prescott Gaylord  |  March 29, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Freecycle Baltimore –
    The goal of FreecycleBaltimore is to reduce waste by connecting people who want to get rid of items with others who are seeking those items.


  • 5. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Info about recycling in Baltimore City found at Baltimore City Dept of Public Works webpage at:


    Includes info on recycling centers, and a link to download the 2007 DPW Calendar & Recycling Schedule for Baltimore City.

  • 6. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 10:00 am

    Please post your comments or info about any recycling projects you’ve started in your business, condo or community.

    We are just now starting a recycling program at my condo at 1101 St. Paul Street–I’m interested in involving people & communities interested in getting recycling started in their condos as well.

  • 7. greencitybaltimore  |  April 1, 2007 at 10:04 am

    Links to various Baltimore area-based recycling info found on webpage for the Sierra Club–Greater Baltimore Group: http://maryland.sierraclub.org/baltimore/links.html

  • 8. Dana Koteen  |  April 3, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    I am the Owner and Chief Consultant of D. Alexander Consulting. We help businesses develop and implement environmentally friendly waste management strategies. I have saved Roy’s Restaurant (www.roysrestaurant.com) $250 per month and they divert 60,000 lbs of glass, plastic, metal, paper and food wastes that otherwise would be landfilled per year.

    I am working with Spike Gjerde on Woodberry Kitchen to do the same.

    Please contact me if I can provide services for you or your business:

    D. Alexander

  • 9. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 8:03 pm

    Recycling Maryland:

    Maryland’s official recycling/ ecycling directory for government, business & homeowners.


    To find a recycling center near you, go to:


  • 10. loisgreencity  |  April 4, 2007 at 8:04 pm

    Gypsum recycling in MD:


  • 11. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    Julie Eisler stated on April 7th at 1:11 PM:

    As you know we have a serious trash problem in Baltimore. I have a solution I hope you will consider. It’s called a bag tax.

    In many other countries people pay a minimum cost for a plastic bag at the grocery store, perhaps a nickel. Because these bags have some small value most people make a conscious effort to reuse them. If the person buying the bag doesn’t recycle it you can bet that someone else will. In countries that people pay for bags you don’t see bunches of them stuck in trees like you do in Baltimore.

    I think a bag tax would be a great tax because it would not affect the poor like a cigarette tax would. Poor people could just save and reuse bags. In fact people who complain about taxes could also recycle their bags. The only people it would affect are people who want the convenience of getting new bags every time at the store. These people would have to pay for that convenience and this money could be used to pay for sanitation and cleaning up bags and other trash.

    A bag tax would also reduce the number of bags produced and this in turn would conserve energy at a time when energy conservation is critical.

    A bag tax is a new, progressive idea at a time when the need for Green policy is critical. I hope that you consider it. The city could also promote it by selling green reusable canvas bags with some kind of catchy slogan like “Keep Baltimore Clean and Green.”

  • 12. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Maryland Recyclers Coalition – with links to other recycling sites of interest



  • 13. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    Recycling in Baltimore County links:

    Baltimore County’s Trash and Recycling Directory


    Recycling & Waste Prevention Guidebooks available online at:


  • 14. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:56 pm

    News article: Recycling Trends in Baltimore County

    Baltimore County ccounted for most tonnage recycling of any MD jurisdiction in 2005. But paper, bottles and cans recycling still being done on a “slow slide.” Recylcing generates more than $2 Million a yr in Baltimore Cty revenues; the county’s landfill is already half-full.


  • 15. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 8:59 pm

    Recycling Facts – Baltimore County


  • 16. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:02 pm

    Stats – MD State, City & County Recycling & Waste Diversion Rates –


  • 17. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Recycling in Maryland info off of the Maryland Dept of Environment website:


  • 18. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    Harford County recycling info


  • 19. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:05 pm

    Inkjet cartridge donation info


  • 20. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Share the Technology –

    Computer nonprofit donations


  • 21. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    Baltimore County’s Ten-Year Solid Waste Management Plan

    Baltimore County is in the process of drafting a ten-year solid waste management plan for the county. The five chapters in the document are listed below:

    Chapter One – Goals, Organizations, and Regulations, http://resources.co.ba.md.us/Documents/Public_Works/swmplan/chapterone.pdf
    Chapter Two – Population, Zoning, and Land Use, http://resources.co.ba.md.us/Documents/Public_Works/swmplan/chaptertwo.pdf
    Chapter Three – Solid Waste Generation, Import/Export, Collection and Acceptance Facilities, http://resources.co.ba.md.us/Documents/Public_Works/swmplan/chapterthree.pdf
    Chapter Four – Assessment of Existing Solid Waste Management System, http://resources.co.ba.md.us/Documents/Public_Works/swmplan/chapterfour.pdf
    Chapter Five – Plan of Action, http://resources.co.ba.md.us/Documents/Public_Works/swmplan/chapterfive.pdf

  • 22. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    Is recycling voluntary or mandatory in Baltimore City and the state of Maryland?

    The Maryland Recycling Act (MRA) requires all counties and Baltimore City to recycle 15%-20% of the waste generated, depending on population.

    In 2000, Maryland established a voluntary statewide waste diversion goal of 40%. Comprised of the recycling rate + source reduction credits (maximimum 5%) that Maryland Counties and Baltimore City earn through activities designated to reduce the amount of waste going to the waste stream.

    From the Maryland Deparment of the Environment’s website at:

  • 23. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:27 pm

    MD State Info on e-cycling and recycling mercury, oil, and newsprint, composting, disposing of hazardous waste, and buying recycled products among others:


  • 24. loisgreencity  |  April 8, 2007 at 9:31 pm

    Electronics Recycling Drop-Off Center Now Open in Cockeysville!

    Baltimore County residents can drop off their electronics for recycling at the Baltimore County Resource Recovery Facility, Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Accepted items include TVs, VCRs, DVD players, computer monitors, CPUs, mice, keyboards, cell phones, power supplies, laptops, scanners, computer cables and cords, stereos, answering machines, and other home electronics.
    No appliances!

    This service is for home electronics. No business or institutional materials will be accepted. Questions? Call 410-887-2000.

    From areas south of Cockeysville:

    I-83 north to Warren Rd.
    Go one mile to Drop-Off Drive and turn right
    From areas north of Cockeysville:

    I-83 south to Shawan Rd.-East
    Go one-half mile to York Rd. and turn right
    Go one-half mile to Warren Rd. and turn right
    Go one-quarter mile to Drop-Off Drive and turn left
    Take a virtual tour of BCRRF.



  • 25. loisgreencity  |  April 11, 2007 at 6:54 pm

    Sat April 14 Baltimore County Truckload Compost Bin Sale

    938 York Road

    Composting – process by which organic mats (grass, leaves, bush trimmings, etc) decompose into a rich soil enhancing material called humus). Reduces need for addl fertilzation; helps increase water retention.

    $33.33 per compost bin.


  • 26. dougretzler  |  April 17, 2007 at 7:55 am

    Baltimore Free Store

    Collects donated and salvaged goods, and provides them to people without charge at one day temporary free marketplaces in various neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City. A Free Market will include 20+ eight-foot tables piled high with goods and provide items to as many as 300+ people at a time. While the Free Store targets low-income neighborhoods they do not require one be low income to take items. All Free Markets are open to anyone who wishes to come.

    The Baltimore Free Store is an all-volunteer, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


  • 27. dougretzler  |  April 22, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Composting With & Without Worms
    Simplicity Matters Earth Institute


  • 28. dougretzler  |  April 22, 2007 at 11:57 pm

    How to Make Compost.
    Clear, complete, and inspiring, with links to a worm composting page and several other useful articles.


  • 29. dougretzler  |  April 23, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Repair Baltimore
    Information about how to repair, reuse, recycle, or dispose of all kinds of stuff; links to lots of information, from how to repair things yourself to how to dispose of electronic equipment; listing of repair shops in Baltimore City


  • 30. dougretzler  |  April 23, 2007 at 1:04 am

    FreeCycle Network
    The Freecycle Network™ is made up of many individual groups across the globe. It’s a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer Membership is free.


  • 31. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 2:42 am

    The Direct Marketing Association’s (DMA) Mail Preference Service lets you opt out of receiving direct mail marketing from many national companies for five years. When you register with this service, your name will be put on a “delete” file and made available to direct-mail marketers. However, your registration will not stop mailings from organizations that are not registered with the DMA’s Mail Preference Service.

    To register with DMA, send your letter to: Direct Marketing Association
    Mail Preference Service
    PO Box 643
    Carmel, NY 10512

    Or register online at http://www.the-dma.org/consumers/offmailinglist.html

  • 32. loisgreencity  |  April 25, 2007 at 2:44 am

    How to Get Rid of Junk Mail, Spam & Telemarketers

    Tips, techniques, specific addresses to write, and numbers to call to get off those nasty junk mailing lists and telemarketing lists across the U.S.




  • 33. loisgreencity  |  April 27, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Baltimore Community Groups where members post items they no longer need & want to give away for free or ones they would like to receive for free:

    Baltimore Sharing is Giving




  • 34. loisgreencity  |  April 27, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Freesharing.org site & links to similar sites



  • 35. loisgreencity  |  May 8, 2007 at 7:11 pm

    Recycling redux article in Baltimore Sun (5/7/07)

    Howard County plans to see whether change in bins’ size, mobility can increase participation


  • 36. loisgreencity  |  May 13, 2007 at 12:11 pm

    Press Release January 31, 2007 from Baltimore City’s website:


    Mayor Dixon, Board of Estimates Approves New ‘Clean and Green’ Technology for Baltimore City to bring ‘Water Wheel’ and ‘BigBelly Compactors’ to improve garbage and debris collection in the Inner Harbor

  • 37. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 12:56 am

    Recycle Bank – rewards you for recycling!

    Coming to Baltimore


    RecycleBank rewards your home for the amount your home recycles. Your RecycleBank Recycling Container has a barcode that is identified by the recycling truck. The amount your home recycles is translated into RecycleBank Dollars that you can use to shop at over 100 participating stores.

    RecycleBank provides your home with a 35, 64, or 96 gallon RecycleBank Container that has an imbedded barcode. Your RecycleBank Container is equipped with wheels and a lid. Delivery and service is included.

    *RecycleBank supports a single stream recycling system that enables you to deposit all of your recyclables (paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, tin, aluminum) in your RecycleBank Container.

  • 38. loisgreencity  |  May 18, 2007 at 1:00 am

    Computer Donations Mahagement, Inc.

    1607 Wicomico Street
    Baltimore, MD 21230


    Company that helps organizations prevent their retired electronic equipment from entering our national waste stream by providing innovative programs to reduce, reuse and recycle eWaste in a responsible matter.

  • 39. loisgreencity  |  May 21, 2007 at 9:48 pm

    2/19/07 Waste News Article about Tonya Simmons, Baltimore’s new recycling coordinator – plans to target recycling in urban areas & schools. Go to p 14:


  • 40. loisgreencity  |  May 21, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Baltimore’s latest recycling stats as published in 2/19/07 Waste News Municipal Recycling survey. Go to page 18:


  • 41. loisgreencity  |  May 24, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    Maryland Yard Sale Online:- powered by ebay


    Hello and Welcome to Maryland Yard Sale Online

    Selling items here at Maryland Yard Sale is an excellent way to make those extra money — and having fun while you’re doing it! It’s easy, it’s simple and best of all you can try it out for FREE!

    To sell an item, click the Sell An Item! link located at every left side page of our website. Our Sell An Item! Form asks for the city where you would like it listed, the title or name of the item you are selling, description, your selling price, priority and images. For now, you are allowed a maximum of (3) three pictures for every item. (Picture Sells!)

  • 42. dougretzler  |  May 29, 2007 at 8:28 am

    Earth 911
    Information on ways to recycle at home or work, with a nationwide search utility for locating recycle centers, facilities, and organizations.


  • 43. dougretzler  |  May 30, 2007 at 2:40 am

    US Composting Council
    The USCC is a trade and professional organization promoting compost. Providing a unified voice for the growing composting industry. The US Composting Council is involved in research, public education, composting and compost standards, expansion of compost markets and the enlistment of public support.


  • 44. dougretzler  |  May 30, 2007 at 2:44 am

    Mid-Atlantic Composting Association (MACA)
    An association of composters (commercial and backyard), state and federal agency personnel, university researchers, public utilities, and other interested parties who have a interest and commitment to composting.
    The Association promotes science-based research, education, standards, and regulations for a sustainable composting industry. The Association shares information through working partnerships.


  • 45. dougretzler  |  May 30, 2007 at 2:52 am

    Builders Recycling Guide (D.C.focussed)
    Each day, construction and demolition (C&D) companies throughout metropolitan areas toss valuable materials in their trash dumpsters. Most C&D materials are reusable or recyclable in our region: metals, concrete, bricks, asphalt, untreated wood, cardboard, appliances, fixtures, carpet, and more. This guide helps builders find out how and where to recover construction and demolition materials in the Washington, D.C., area. This site also includes valuable information about why to recycle, the basics of C&D recovery, tips for job site collection, frequently asked questions, recycling and green buildings, and links to other sites.

  • 46. loisgreencity  |  June 1, 2007 at 8:12 am

    More Than Sixty-Three Percent of Renters Recycle –
    Apartments.com survey examines recycling and energy conservation practices within apartment communities (across the U.S.)
    May 30th press release from Apartments.com
    Renters are going green as a recent Apartments.com survey indicates more than sixty-three percent of survey respondents who live in an apartment community recycle regularly. In comparison, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that 32% of the entire U.S. population participates in recycling programs.
    Of the renters who do recycle, fifty percent live in an apartment community that offers a recycling program for residents.
    ***This survey would be good to bear in mind when crafting a cohesive policy & initiatives for increasing Baltimore’s recycling rates & practices, particularly focusing on recycling practices within apartment and condo communities! Please let us know of any current figures/ surveys of figures for recycling rates in Baltimore’s apartments and condo communities.

  • 47. loisgreencity  |  June 14, 2007 at 11:29 am

    New bill to prohibit city’s groceries and pharmacies from providing their customers with non-biodegrable bags introduced by Baltimore City Councilman James Kraft 6/11/07. Currently in committee.

    For bill, see: http://legistar.baltimorecitycouncil.com/detailreport/?key=3490

    On July 9th, Annapolis Alderman Samuel E. Shropshire is planning to introduce a measure which would prohibit such stores from providing plastic bags to their customers entirely. July 9th.

    If bans pass, B-more and Annapolis would join San Francisco in passing a partial ban on certain types of plastic bags. Similar measures being considered in other cities across the country.

    For articles, see:



  • 48. dougretzler  |  June 19, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    Community Forklift
    A recovered building materials store to serve the National Capital Metro Area
    Community Forklift occupies a 40,000 square foot facility just north of Bladensburg, MD, in the vicinity of the historic “Port Towns” (about a mile from the DC line
    Store hours: Thursday – Saturday 9am – 5pm, Wednesday noon – 7 pm.



  • 49. D. Alexander Koteen  |  June 27, 2007 at 1:00 am

    D. Alexander Consulting has merged to become the Koteen-Losoya Group. We offer solutions that allow businesses to become waste neutral. I would encourage you to take a look at our website for more information.

  • 50. dougretzler  |  July 8, 2007 at 2:20 pm

    Mayor Sheila Dixon’s Initiative for a Cleaner Greener Baltimore

    Cleaner Greener Block Action Plan
    A plan that partners community, business, and faith-based organizations, as well as groups of committed residents, with city resources to cleanup, moniter and maintain specific property or block issues.The project is designed to implement immediate fixes and/or develop long term solutions for chronic problems.


    What are you doing to make your home and your City cleaner and greener? Share your ideas with :


  • 51. loisgreencity  |  July 12, 2007 at 6:11 pm

    Montgomery County Public Schools – Recycling/ Trash Resource Materials – “One World, One Chance – Recycle” – Integrated Learning Experience 2 – Fourth Grade

    In this learning experience, students complete a survey of the kinds of trash found at home. Students learn about sorting process for recycling required by the Montgomery County govt, then generate ways they and their families can reduce their volume of trash at home. Resource materials incl teacher background sheets, handouts, lyrics from videotapes, performance assessments, etc


  • 52. Keith Losoya  |  July 19, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    As for recycling of Gypsum please check out this link.

  • 53. Liz  |  August 25, 2007 at 9:58 am

    Mt. Vernon / Baltimore City Recycling

    Last night I watched the trash men pick up my sorted and clearly marked paper recycling with the other garbage. I yelled from my window “That’s recycling! That’s recycling!” and the guy yelled back “It’s all gotta go, baby!”

    What GIVES?

    I want to be an active recycler but if my efforts are being compacted into the garbage truck with the other garbage, what’s the point??

    Has anyone else had trouble with curbside recycling? Anyone have thoughts on what can be done? I would say that I should just start dropping it off at a drop off center but that doesn’t really solve the problem because others don’t know that their recycling is getting “trashed.”

    Thoughts? Suggestions?


  • 54. dougretzler  |  November 24, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    Eco-cycle – Zero Waste System©:
    An environmentally and economically sustainable system where resources are kept in the production cycle.
    Good recycling facts and tips.


  • 55. dougretzler  |  December 9, 2007 at 2:47 pm

    The Story Of Stuff
    This an excellent overview of the phenomenon of commodities and their impact in our world.
    From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.


  • 56. dougretzler  |  January 20, 2008 at 8:36 am

    A non-profit clearing house which collects, repairs, and redistributes salvaged materials.

    These materials include: building supplies, household items, white goods, and computers. The warehouse is set up as a training and employment opportunity for local people, mainly youth. A high priority is to be self-sufficient, This proves that reuse/recycling is cost-effective and ensures the future stability of the Tri-State RE-use Center, Ltd
    225 W. Main St. in Hancock, MD


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