Frederick sees a hefty increase in amount it recycled for 2012

Posted: January 5, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — The amount of items recycled in Frederick County rose by more than 3 million pounds last year.

Gloria Puffinburger, the county’s solid waste manager, estimated that the county government recycled 14.9 million pounds of residential material in 2012.

That number is not official, however, since about a month is needed to record the amount of newspaper recycled during the previous month.

The number is about 3.1 million pounds more than the 11.7 million pounds recycled in 2011, Puffinburger said.

According to information posted on Frederick County’s website last week, July was the best month for recycling, with 1.8 million pounds of materials received.

February had the lowest total — 625,459 pounds.

County officials reported noticeable increases in the amount of scrap metal and electronics brought to landfill and drop-off sites during 2012, Puffinburger said, adding that each recycling category saw at least a small increase.

Recycling offers several benefits, she said, noting that recycled refuse does not take up space in the landfill, and the county government can sell recycled material to businesses and manufacturers who need the raw materials produced by recycling.

Frederick County recycling information is available online at or by calling 540-665-5643.

— Contact Matt Armstrong