BROOKDALE HOME SALES
|Go Green: Respect the Earth and Recycle! by Joan Prince|
Most Brookdale residents care about recycling, and it shows at the end of each week when lawn trimmings and blue bins are lined up on all the streets in our community. For those who don't think it matters or don't feel like doing it, give it a try. Know that it does make a difference and it doesn't take a lot of your time.
We all have soda and water bottles, milk jugs, cleaning product containers, and so forth to recycle, which are perfectly fine to place in your blue bin. Unfortunately, the Montgomery County Division of Solid Waste Services does not have a contractor at this time that can recycle plastics other than bottles with a neck. That means your yogurt containers, those plastic boxes for take-out salads, and plastic containers for roast chickens, among other such items, are not accepted for recycling right now. Jonathan Louis, an administrative aide at the Division of Solid Waste Services, said they are actively looking for a contractor that can process those plastics. To make sure it's okay to put in the bin, he said: check for the neck. I rinse mine out briefly and throw away the caps per instructions at www.MCRecycles.org.
The same applies to glass jars. Rinse them out and throw away the lids. Cans are great to recycle; you can also rinse but don't bother crushing them. Aluminum foil sheets are acceptable as well; I rinse mine off and throw them in the bin. The county doesn't want plastic bags in the recycling bins; so if you want to keep your paper products together, place them in a paper bag.
As most of you know, yard trimmings should be placed in big brown paper bags found in grocery and hardware stores or in your own reusable container. Leafgro, which is sold up the road at American Plant and Food, is actually a wonderful example of recycling: it's a product made from the lawn trimmings of county residents by the Maryland Environmental Service. (For more information check: http://www.menv.com/leafgro.shtml) It's cheaper since it local, and it involves less fuel and manpower since it's not coming from several states away. Buying local when you can is a good way to be green (e.g., better to buy local apples than those from Washington State), so buying Leafgro is a good way to keep it local.
If you have other old things to dispose of, Montgomery County may be able to recycle them. For example, old washers, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, humidifiers, swing sets, aluminum lawn chairs, shower stalls, disassembled metal sheds (whew!), or almost anything else like that you can think of, can be picked up by the county at your place (call 240-777-6410 to arrange a pick- up).
At the Transfer Station
You can also drop other things by the county transfer station (16101 Frederick Road, Derwood, MD 20855; 301-840-2370). It's near the Shady Grove Home Depot and the Vehicle Emissions Inspection Center. So if you are going out that way, take some things to drop off at the center. You'll be amazed at how there is a place for everything: old tires; old clothes, including drapes, towels, shoes, handbags, and belts; computers; and construction material, including doors, drywall, carpeting, cabinets, toilets, bathtubs, and sinks.
Bikes are accepted at the transfer station. Those that can be cleaned and repaired go to Bikes for the World and are then distributed to those in need in this country and in developing countries (http://www.bikesfortheworld.org/).
Hazardous materials are also accepted, such as car batteries, fluorescent light bulbs, wall heaters, mercury thermometers, oil, and paints. Cell phones are also collected; however, Mark Leslie, a supervisor at the Frederick Road site, suggested if they still work, they may be donated to a senior center where someone can use them to call 911 for an emergency. If they don't work, the batteries are removed and disposed of safely. Leslie also said books are now collected. Those books in good condition are sorted and those that aren't are recycled. Nonprofit groups collect those in good shape so they can make their way to people who can use them.
Paint can also be dropped off, and there are often remainder paints that residents can come and take. The same is true with mulch. Residents can get mulch for free, but you must pick it up and have a container to transport it in.
The late summer day I stopped by was bustling with county residents dropping off everything from old lawnmowers and exercise equipment to propane tanks and old air conditioning units. The container for textiles was almost full. People of all ages were sorting their plastics and papers in the huge bins. It's refreshing to see so many Montgomery County residents going green.
We here in Brookdale can pitch in and go green for the sake of the planet, our home. For more information, check out www.MCRecycles.org!
BALANCE AS OF 6/1/06 $13,224.07 BALANCE AS OF 5/31/07 $15,530.43 EXPENSES: CCCFH Bugle $866.77 Directory Parties $64.66 Legal Misc* $192.51 Service Charge Annual Meeting** $123.60 TOTAL EXPENSES $1,247.54 DEPOSITS Deposits $3,490.00 Interest*** $63.90 TOTAL DEPOSITS $3,553.90
|Wisconsin Center Construction Update by Bob Cope|
Underground parking at Bloomingdale's--open to public on September 17
Bloomingdale's--open September 27
Retail buildings A and B (located behind Bloomingdale's)--open early 2008
Apartment building--open late 2008 or early 2009
Office building--open late 2008 or early 2009
Recreation center--open late 2008
Grade # in 2006-7 K 10 1 15 2 8 3 20 4 8 5 9 6 5 7 12 8 8 9 4 10 7 11 5 12 6What's your guess as to the additional private/other public school enrollments? How many pre-K children are there? More or less than the K-3 crowd?
[Return to the beginning of this document][To home]