Bet you were thinking there would be a smart-aleck comment here about getting rid of one absurd fool or another who was very unfortunately elected to Frederick County government, but no. This is really about literal solid waste and not some drawn out analogy (or is it???).

More importantly, reduce your trash, recycle what you can, and compost your compostables. But that’s just like our opinion, man.

Anywhoo, these people are right. We said, “No,” to the incinerator. We have to find some way of dealing with this. Perhaps even more recycling or compost collection (YES) and/or pay as you throw (what do you think?). We don’t know yet what the new solutions will be, so a good idea would be providing your feedback to the Solid Waste Steering Committee. This issue is not really fun at all, but it *is* very important. This is something we all use, and we should all benefit from any improvements. Consider doing Frederick County a solid and attending one of these forums (hyuck-hyuck).

The forums are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • November 9,  7:00 p.m., Winchester Hall, 12 East Church Street, Frederick
  • November 19,  7:00 p.m., Oakdale High School, 5950 Eaglehead Drive, Ijamsville
  • December 7, 7:00 p.m., Brunswick Fire Company,1500 Volunteer Drive, Brunswick
  • January 11, 7:00 p.m., Urbana High School, 3471 Campus Drive, Ijamsville
  • January 23, 10:00 a.m., Thurmont Town Hall, 615 East Main Street, Thurmont

Before you go, have a cautionary tale. It features the world’s biggest open dump sites, and the images are spectacularly terrible. Also interesting is the Dirty Jobs episode where the trash collectors of San Francisco are featured, revealing an amazing amount of recycling.  Just before the 7 minute mark they get to the recycling center; 12 minutes-ish they show where separate food waste goes to fertilize Napa Valley. Brilliant! Who can’t get behind that? We can do this, Frederick County. Where there’s a will, there’s a way. Our community must show what we are willing to accomplish.