If you have visited Montgomery County’s Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) office or downtown Wheaton lately, you likely have seen the latest additions to the neighborhood—new blue recycling stations! These stainless-steel Victor Stanley® dual-stream recycling stations are the result of a cooperative effort between the Waste Reduction and Recycling Section (WRRS) of DEP’s Recycling and Resource Management Division and the Wheaton Urban District.
Realizing that more convenient recycling options for visitors and pedestrians were needed within the Wheaton Urban District, WRRS staff first walked and mapped the locations of every existing trash and recycling container within the Wheaton Urban District—a 202-acre area encompassing downtown Wheaton, including the Westfield Wheaton mall. Based upon the results of this mapping effort, WRRS identified the need for 57 additional recycling stations to be placed next to or near existing trash containers. WRRS purchased these recycling stations, and the Wheaton Urban District staff, working with their partners in the Montgomery County Department of Transportation, placed the containers at the identified locations.
These recycling stations have two separate compartments – one side for mixed paper items, such as newspapers, receipts, and paper beverage cups, while the other side is for commingled bottles, cans, jars, and containers. These recycling stations have lids with labels to remind residents and visitors what can be placed inside the recycling containers for recycling and are designed to reduce contamination. Now residents and pedestrians have easy access to both recycling and trash receptacles in the Wheaton Urban District.
The Wheaton Urban District staff will service and maintain these recycling stations and will deliver the collected recyclable materials to the County’s Materials Recovery Facility (the Recycling Center) in Derwood. A big Thank You to our Partners in this recycling effort, Wheaton Urban District!
Providing residents and visitors with opportunities to recycle on the go is another way that Montgomery County is implementing initiatives to recycle more aiming for zero waste.
Thank you for recycling right, recycling more, and recycling on the go!
Learn more about Recycling in Montgomery County!