Allegany County Telephone Books Recycling Effort a Success! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bretta Reinhard, Allegany County Public Information Officer   
Saturday, 18 June 2011 14:48
The nineteenth  annual telephone book recycling campaign has concluded. This is organized and managed every year by the Allegany County Commissioners, the Solid Waste Management Board, and the Allegany County Board of Education. Students from public as well as private schools in Allegany County are invited to participate and collect out-of-date telephone books and 19 did so this year. Allegany County Government compliments the students and schools for making this effort and the successful completion of this annual project. All recycled telephone books help Allegany County reach its’ 15% recycling goal, a mandate from the State of Maryland.


For the third year the Greater Cumberland Committee joined in the effort and solicited sponsorships from businesses. The sponsors were: ACT Personnel Services, Coca-Cola, Interstate Waste, Queen City Business Systems, Mel’s Business Systems, PharmaCare Network, Waste Management, and the Western Maryland Health System.

Because of the sponsorships, a cash prize can be awarded to every participating school - $5 for every 100 telephone books collected. The grand prize is $200. The cash prizes are to be used to promote “green” environmental practices at the schools. The Greater Cumberland Committee and the Solid Waste Management Board specifically request that schools utilize all awards for “green” materials: purchase and plant trees, buy recycling bins, etc.


The campaign is based on a ratio of the total number of telephone books collected to the total number of students enrolled in the school. This year Bel Air Elementary School was the top recycler and won the $200 grand prize. Bel Air’s 219 students collected 2,010 telephone books, a ratio of over 9 (9.18) books per student, and also received $100 for this effort.

West Side was second; these 345 students collected 2,535 books, or, 7.35 books per student. Beall Elementary was third; these 415 students collected 2,105 books, or, 5.07 books per students. The other participating schools included Allegany, Bel Air, Braddock, Cash Valley, Center for Career and Technical Education, Cresaptown, Flintstone, Frost, George’s Creek, John Humbird, Mount Savage, Northeast, Parkside, South Penn, Washington, Westernport, and Westmar. These ratios for these schools were less than 5.0 books per student. In addition to the cash prizes awarded to Bel Air, cash prizes totaling $730 were given to all schools recycling 100 or more telephone books.

Overall, this annual campaign is educational and enhances awareness of both students and the community at large about the importance of recycling.  It helps the environment because valuable landfill space is not utilized for these telephone books. In addition, the recycled material is reused to manufacture desirable products. Finally, this campaign provides additional funding to participating schools.

NOTE: Only Allegany County telephone books are accepted for the campaign. If Allegany County was included in a multi-county/multi-state telephone book, this are accepted for the campaign as well.

Recycling Program Information

The telephone book recycling campaign is one component of Allegany County’s successful recycling program.  In addition to recycling standard newspapers, cans, glass, plastic, and other materials, Allegany County also operates a compost site.

Allegany County Government’s website,, has recycling information. From the homepage click “departments” – click “recycling.”  The sections Recycling 101 and Recycling Sites are particularly useful.


Comments (2)
Wise up.
Monday, 04 July 2011 12:55
Put the entire local area phone book on the Internet, provide people with low-cost computers and free Internet access, without making people pay to look up private phone numbers and you won't need any paper recycling campaigns to pat yourselves on the back for being environmentally conscious about.
And after that--
Monday, 04 July 2011 13:49
Put your computer technician people to work actually recycling these low-cost computers rather than just collecting them, and pretending to recycle them by essentially shipping them off to China as scrap because they are "outdated." Quite a few people have computers anyway, and the technology really has reached the point where it doesn't need to be "developed" any further to provide people with the essential benefits of paperless transmission. Might be good for the surveillance jackboots not to constantly need to update their software either.
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