2016 Cecil County Recycling Award Winners
NEWS RELEASE # 18-03
July 18, 2017
Elkton, MD – County Executive Alan McCarthy and the Cecil County Council are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Cecil County Recycling Awards.
This is the twelfth year that Cecil County Government has recognized municipalities, private firms, and other organizations for excellence in recycling and waste reduction.
Junkbeegone.com has been selected as the “# 1 Residential Recycling Hauler” in Cecil County for 2016. This is the sixth year in a row that Junkbeegone.com has taken home this award. This award recognizes the private residential refuse hauler with the highest recycling rate, which is defined as the percentage of material that is recycled as opposed to being landfilled. Junkbeegone.com recycled over 427,000 pounds of material in 2016, equating to a 33% recycling rate.
Waste Management was named the “# 1 Large Commercial Recycling Hauler” in Cecil County for the eighth year in a row. This award recognizes the large private refuse hauler with the highest recycling rate for waste generated within Cecil County. Firms serving Cecil County businesses and institutions and which haul more than 15,000 tons of trash and recyclables per year are eligible. For 2016, Waste Management recycled over 2.9 million pounds of material, which equates to a 9% recycling rate.
Bestrans Inc. was named the winner of the “# 1 Small Commercial Recycling Hauler” award for 2016. This is the third year in a row that Bestrans Inc. has garnered this award. This category recognizes the small hauler having the highest recycling rate. Firms serving Cecil County businesses and institutions and which haul less than 15,000 tons of trash and recyclables per year are eligible for this award. Bestrans Inc. recycled 6,396,540 pounds of material in 2016, an enviable 56.5% of the commercial waste it hauled.
Elkton Recyclers, Inc. was named the “# 1 Maryland Recycling Act Metal Recycler” in Cecil County for the ninth year in a row. This category recognizes the firm recycling the greatest quantity of white goods (refrigerators and other appliances) as defined by the Maryland Recycling Act. Elkton Recyclers recycled over 7.5 million pounds of white goods in 2016.
Elkton Recyclers, Inc. was also named the “# 1 Non-Maryland Recycling Act Metal Recycler” in Cecil County for 2016 in recognition of its recycling of over 5.5 million pounds of non-white goods scrap metal. This category recognizes the firm recycling the greatest quantity of miscellaneous scrap metals that are NOT covered by the Maryland Recycling Act, hence the name of the award. This is the ninth time that Elkton Recyclers has captured this award.
W.L. Gore once again received the award for “# 1 Recycling Business in Cecil County” in 2016. This award goes to the Cecil County business (other than a metal recycler) which recycles the greatest quantity of materials. In 2016, Gore recycled over 4.5 million pounds of material, including metal, plastics, cardboard, paper, fabric, wood, and other materials. This is the ninth time that Gore has received this award.
For the seventh year in a row, the Town of Chesapeake City earned the title of “# 1 Recycling Municipality in Cecil County” by recycling over 361,000 pounds of materials in 2016, which equates to a 34% recycling rate.
In another tightly contested race, the Chesapeake Ridge Apartments in North East was named the winner of the award for “# 1 Recycling Apartment Building or Condominium.” This is the second year that this award has been given. It recognizes the apartment building or condominium owner or manager falling under the State of Maryland’s “Apartment Building or Condominium Recycling Program” mandate and having the highest reported recycling rate in a given year. Chesapeake Ridge Apartments recycled over 119,000 pounds or 24% of the waste generated by its residents in 2016.
The Town of Elkton received a Recycling and Source Reduction Recognition Award for its efforts in expanding special event recycling to include such events as the Elkton Fall Fest, Elkton Halloween Parade, Relay for Life, Elkton Fireworks, and others in 2016.
County Council President Joyce Bowlsbey, Vice President Dan Schneckenburger, and Council members George Patchell, Jackie Gregory, and Bob Meffley presented certificates to the winners at the July 17, 2017 meeting of the County Council.
According to Scott Flanigan, County Director of Public Works, “By now I think the environmental benefits of recycling are well recognized. I would like to thank the County’s residents, municipalities, and businesses for their continued support of the County’s recycling program. I think that Cecil County is a better place as a result of everyone’s efforts.”