In 2012 the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1, Environmental-Recycling-Apartment Buildings and Condominiums requiring recycling in all apartment buildings and condominiums that contain 10 or more dwelling units. The law becomes effective on October 1, 2012 (amending Section 9-1703 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code
of Maryland). Section 9-1703 (b) (12) and (13) of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland requires Carroll County to revise its recycling plan within the Solid Waste Management Plan and implement the ABCR Program by October 1, 2014.

3.1.1.2.1 Apartment Building and Condominium Recycling (ABCR) Program
In 2012 the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 1, Environmental-Recycling-Apartment Buildings and Condominiums requiring recycling in all apartment buildings and condominiums that contain 10 or more dwelling units.
The law becomes effective on October 1, 2012 (amending Section 9-1703 of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland). Section 9-1703 (b) (12) and (13) of the Environment Article, Annotated Code of Maryland requires
Carroll County to revise its recycling plan within the Solid Waste Management Plan and implement the ABCR Program by October 1, 2014.

A. Apartment Building and condominium Recycling Program
Through the cooperation of the Carroll County Office of Recycling and owners or managers of apartment buildings or councils of unit owners of condominiums (“apartment and condominium officials”), and other stakeholders involved in
the implementation of this law, the County has identified _109_ apartment buildings and condominiums that fall under the scope of the law. The County Office of Recycling has notified the apartment and condominium officials of the law
including the materials that must be recycled (i.e., plastic, metal, glass containers, and paper) at the identified locations. It is the responsibility of the apartment and condominium officials to determine how the materials will be stored,
collected, and transported to the recycling markets for the collected materials. Apartment and condominium officials may be asked to report, or request their hauler to report, to the County on an annual basis details on the required
recycling activities. Other program requirements include:

1. Materials Included in Program Recyclables must include at a minimum: plastic, metal, and glass containers, and paper.


2. Collection of Materials
Apartment and condominium officials are responsible for providing containers, labor, and equipment
necessary to fulfill recycling requirements throughout their buildings. Distinctive colors and/or markings of recycling containers should be provided to avoid cross contamination. The apartment and condominium officials must ensure collection and transportation of recyclable materials from apartment and condominium locations to markets. Appropriate containers clearly marked for recycling are to be
used for the collection of a building’s recyclable materials. Residents will be responsible for placing recyclables in building recycling bins prior to their removal on the scheduled pick up day.


3. Marketing of Materials
Apartment and condominium officials are responsible for the marketing of their recyclables. The apartment and condominium officials may be asked to submit, or require their contracted hauler to
submit, annual recycling reports from the apartment and condominium and the markets for the materials if known.


B. Stakeholders
Stakeholders that will be involved in implementing the law are:
1. Owner or Manager of the Apartment Building or Councils of the Unit Owners of Condominium – Responsible for providing recycling to the residents of each apartment building or condominium by October 1, 2014. Secure and manage recycling services from contractor for providing material collection
and recycling services from the building locations. Provide material collection bins and containers for transporting the materials from the buildings to recycling centers or markets. Perform record keeping and may report to the County on annual basis.


2. Department of Public Works, Bureau of Solid Waste, Carroll County Office of Recycling-Communicate the requirements of the law, provide education, outreach and assist the apartment and condominium officials in developing a recycling program. Monitor progress and performance of the ABCR program.
Update Carroll County’s recycling plan to include the ABCR program and amend the County solid Waste Management Plan. Develop a recycling reporting survey to be used by apartment and condominium officials in reporting recycling activities.


3. Carroll County Planning Commission-Responsible for reviewing and finding consistencies with the
Comprehensive Plan regarding the Solid Waste management Plan amendments, to include the ABCR Program.


4. Carroll County Board of Commissioners-Responsible for adopting the Maryland Department of the Environment approved language of the Apartment Building and Condominium Recycling Program for the Plan amendment.


5. Maryland Department of the Environment-Responsible for the enforcement of environmental laws and regulations, such as the Annotated Code of Maryland, Environment Article §9-1703 (b) (12) and (13) requiring the collection and recycling of recyclable materials from residents of all apartment buildings and
condominiums with 10 or more dwelling units by property owners or managers of apartment buildings and councils of unit owners of condominiums.


Schedule for the Development and Implementation of the Program
The ABCR Program will be implemented according to the following schedule:
1. County will distribute the Maryland Department of the Environment approved language of the ABCR Program to the apartment and condominium officials for ABCR Program implementation.
2. On or before March 1, 2014, apartment and condominium officials will educate the residents about the ABCR Program and discuss the requirements of the law.
3. On or before May 1, 2014, apartment and condominium officials with provide training or assistance to the residents and advise them of the date when the residents can start collecting the materials.
4. On or before October 1, 2014, apartment and condominium officials must have recycling services in place and operational in order to meet requirements of the ABCR Program so that residents may start collecting and recycling materials at the participating apartment and condominium.

Program Monitoring
The County Office of Recycling shall oversee the progress and performance of the ABCR program. However, the apartment and condominium officials will conduct inspections, review service levels, investigate reported or
unreported pick-up and disposal complaints, meet with residents or recycling contractor staff to educated or review practices, and review contractor compliance with the recycling contract as they deem necessary in order to conduct a
successful recycling program. The apartment and condominium officials will have available educational materials regarding current and new
recycling practices and procedures for residents. Also, the owner, manager or council shall be responsible to keep the residents current on new regulations, laws, and mandates affecting recycling in the apartment buildings or
condominiums.

 Program Enforcement
The County Office of Recycling will notify the apartment and condominium officials of the implementation requirements in accordance with Sections 9-1703 and 9-1711 of the Environmental Article, Annotated Code of
Maryland. The County Attorney’s Office will determine if the law should be enforced and what level of enforcement actions should be used. The law allows for fines to a person that violates the recycling or reporting requirements of
the law or civil penalty not exceeding $50 for each day on which the violations occurs. Further, any penalties collected under the law shall be paid to the county, municipality, or other local government that brought the
enforcement action.