2018 Cecil County Recycling Award Winners

July 18th, 2019

By Cecil County Government

ELKTON, MD – County Executive Alan McCarthy and the Cecil County Council are pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Cecil County Recycling Awards.

This is the fourteenth 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 2018. This is the eighth 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 488,000 pounds of material in 2018, equating to a 29% recycling rate.

Waste Management was named the “#1 Large Commercial Recycling Hauler” in Cecil County for the tenth 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 2018, Waste Management recycled over 1.3 million pounds of material, which equates to a 4% recycling rate.

Waste Masters Solutions d/b/a Bestrans Inc. was named the winner of the “#1 Small Commercial Recycling Hauler” award for 2018. This is the fifth year in a row that Waste Masters Solutions d/b/a 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. Waste Masters Solutions d/b/a Bestrans Inc. recycled over 2.1 million pounds of material in 2018, or 27% of the commercial waste it hauled. 

Elkton Recyclers, Inc. was named the “#1 Maryland Recycling Act Metal Recycler” in Cecil County for the eleventh 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 14.9 million pounds of white goods in 2018.

Elkton Recyclers, Inc. was also named the “#1 Non-Maryland Recycling Act Metal Recycler” in Cecil County for 2018 in recognition of its recycling of over 8 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 eleventh time that Elkton Recyclers has captured this award.

W.L. Gore & Associates once again received the award for “#1 Recycling Business in Cecil County” in 2018. This award goes to the Cecil County business (other than a metal recycler) which recycles the greatest quantity of materials. In 2018, Gore recycled over 5.1 million pounds of material, including metal, plastics, cardboard, paper, fabric, wood, and other materials. This is the eleventh time that Gore has received this award. 

For the ninth year in a row, the Town of Chesapeake City earned the title of “#1 Recycling Municipality in Cecil County” by recycling over 425,000 pounds of materials in 2018, which equates to a 29% recycling rate.

In a tightly contested race, Victoria Park Apartments in North East was named the winner of the award for “#1 Recycling Apartment Building or Condominium.” This is the fourth 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. Victoria Park Apartments recycled an estimated 28,000 pounds or 39% of the waste generated by its residents in 2018.  

Cecil County Public Schools received a Recycling and Source Reduction Recognition Award for its efforts to increase its recycling and source reduction efforts thru the “Green School” program. Currently, twelve Cecil County schools have earned Green School designation with several more working to achieve such certification.

County Council President Bob Meffley, Vice President Jackie Gregory, and Council members George Patchell, Bill Coutz, and Al Miller presented certificates to the winners at the July 16, 2019 meeting of the County Council.

Scott Flanigan, County Director of Public Works, added “Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you to the County’s residents, municipalities, and businesses for their continued support of the County’s recycling program. Recycling conserves natural resources and landfill capacity. The environment, and Cecil County, are better as a result of everyone’s efforts.”

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