Kudos to Catonsville and Oella.
According to Baltimore County, the Catonsville/Oella area has one of the highest recycling rates in the county, helping to set the pace for a new county recycling record last year.
Last year, Baltimore County residents recycled more of their household trash than ever before in county’s 20-year history of recycling.
County Executive Kevin Kamenetz highlighted Catonsville and Oella’s effort at an event at the Catonsville Public Library Thursday, and the area’s 31.7 percent recycling rate in December 2012, in particular. Catonsville/Oella increased its average of 24.2 percent recycling by weight in 2011 to an average of 27.6 percent by weight in 2012.
“During the calendar year of 2012, more than 52,500 tons of material were collected for recycling from Baltimore County residents,” the county said in a press release Thursday, adding that approximately 1,200 more tons of material than was collected for recycling in 2011.
"However, there is still room for improvement because we collected 314,000 tons of residential trash last year as well,” Kamenetzsaid. “With single stream recycling, we have made it very easy for people to either start recycling, or make sure they are recycling all they can."
By diverting the recycling material from the waste stream, Baltimore County saved nearly $3 million in disposal costs, according to the county’s statement.
"With the involvement of residents throughout the county, I know we can divert more recyclable materials out of the trash and into the recycling bin, which will in turn avoid even more disposal costs," said Charlie Reighart, Baltimore County’s recycling and waste prevention manager.