An open letter to the Dorchester County Council:

Greetings, Council Members.

First, let me thank you for the single stream recycling now available in the county. It has been a long time coming, and makes it so much more convenient to do the right thing.

On another matter, why have we not joined the Mid-Shore Hazardous Waste Program, which includes Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, and Caroline Counties?

Last year, I spoke to the director of the Solid Waste Department and asked when disposal of Household Hazardous Waste materials was scheduled for the landfill. He informed me that there had not been one for awhile. When was the last collection of these materials? If you aren't providing proper means of disposal these material are co-mingled with trash and brought to the landfill, or dumped into ditches to find its way to the Bay.

As we want to attract new residents, a lack of services such as this is a negative for them and current taxpayers.

I realize we are a poor county, but we need not be dumb as well. With Earth Day right around the corner, what steps are you taking to keep these materials out of county ditches to ensure they are handled properly ? Is the county planning a day this year to collect Household Hazardous Waste?

Thank you in advance for your attention to this matter, and your continued efforts to protect Dorchester County's lands and waters.

JAMES SLACUM

Hurlock

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