Monday, December 31, 2012
There will be no regular trash pickup in Bowie on New Year's Day.
New Year's Day is a holiday for the city of Bowie. However, select neighborhoods will have recycling pickup on that day to prevent residents from going three weeks without a pickup. There will be no regular trash pickup on Jan. 1, and pickups for that day will not be rescheduled. Starting Jan. 2, refuse collection in Bowie will follow the regular schedule. Christmas trees will be picked up with yard waste every Wednesday in January, according to the city's website.
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Bowie City Council authorized a special recycling pickup in some Bowie neighborhoods on New Year's Day 2013.
Anticipating lots of recycling from opening gifts on Dec. 25? Well, some Bowie residents are in luck, because this year there will be recycling pickup in select neighborhoods on Jan. 1. New Year's Day is a Bowie city holiday, and most city provided services will be suspended that day. However, the City Council voted at its Dec. 3 meeting to provide some residents with a special trash pickup that day. Jim Henrikson, director of Bowie’s Public Works Department, said in a press release that every year there are several neighborhoods in the city that end up going two weeks without a recycling pickup. This is because Christmas and New Year’s fall exactly one week apart. However, this year, those neighborhoods were looking at a three-week gap …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Failure to meet proposed targets could bring about mandatory recycling in the county.
The Prince George's County Council is set make a final decision Tuesday on a plan that would raise recycling targets over the next eight years, the Washington Examiner reports. The proposal would fix the county's waste diversion rate at 45 percent for 2015, 55 percent for 2018, and 60 percent for 2020. The rate measures how much of the county's total collected refuse is recycled. Failure to meet those targets could bring about mandatory recycling for county residents and businesses, according to the paper. Prince George's is well above the state-imposed minimum of 20 percent for a county of its size, the Examiner writes, but behind neighboring Montgomery County, whose mandatory program has helped lift it to a 47 percent rate. Read more at …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The Bowie City council is moving forward to see if twice weekly trash pickups are necessary.
Bowie residents are able to set their garbage out on the curb twice a week for pickup, but that may change. The Bowie City Council recently agreed to conduct a study on the necessity of twice weekly trash pickup to determine if there is still a need now that all residents have large 65-gallon recycling bins, according to a story by the Gazette. The city began distributing the larger bins in 2009 and completed distribution in September with the hope that the larger bins would encourage more recycling and lead to less solid waste refuse. City officials estimated that cutting trash pickup to once a week could save the city around $7,000 a year, reported the Gazette. Both the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County switched to once weekly …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Phase Two of the bin distribution begins on Sept. 11.
Recycling is getting bigger and better for Bowie residents this week. On Tuesday the city will begin Phase Two of the distribution of new, larger recycling bins. Any residents who did not receive one of the new 65-gallon bins in Phase One back in 2009 should receive a bin in this second phase, city officials said. The bins are part of an effort by the city to increase recycling and possibly decrease weekly trash pick up to once a week, which could save the city thousands each year. The large blue bins should be left curbside on recycling day with the handles facing the street. The city reminds residents that they should never place trash into the recycling bins. For a complete list of what can be recycled, check the city’s website. The …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Paper documents, expired credit cards, computer disks and more accepted.
Need to protect your ID by safely getting rid of old bills, expired credit cards, or personal documents? A chance to securely dispose of these and other personal documents is coming soon, as Community Shred Day returns to Prince George's County. The free shredding event takes place on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Prince George's Community College. Residents are invited to bring paper of all types (staples and paper clips OK), expired credit cards and empty binders. Computer disks also will be accepted (but may be shredded offsite). Up to five boxes or trash bags of documents per person are allowed. “Document shredding is one of the most important ways the public can protect themselves against identity theft,” said …
Friday, July 27, 2012
The city plans to distribute 65-gallon recycling containers to all residents in an effort to reduce waste.
Bowie residents are doing such a great job filling up their 65-gallon recycling containers that they may no longer need twice weekly trash pick-up, according to an article in The Gazette. After introducing those larger containers to 40 percent of its residents in 2009, the city saw a 236-ton increase in recycling in the fourth quarter of 2011, The Gazette reported. City officials plan on distributing new containers to the rest of residents, and Public Works Director Jim Henrikson told The Gazette he expects to see an additional 590 tons of recycling per quarter when that project is complete. The Gazette reports that reducing trash pick-up in Bowie to just once a week could save the city thousands a year. Read the full story here on The …