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Yard waste recycling is slated

March 07, 1997

Hagerstown residents will be able to place yard waste at the curb for recycling, beginning next week.

The city is starting its annual yard waste recycling pickup three weeks early because of the recent warm weather, said City Engineer Bruce Johnston.

Yard waste should be placed in reusable containers or paper yard waste and leaf bags and placed at the curb after 4 p.m. on Tuesday to be picked up early Wednesday morning, officials said.

The weekly pickup will run through November, Johnston said.

Last year, the city collected 1,115 tons of yard waste through the program, he said. The yard waste is taken to the rubble landfill on Greencastle Pike for composting.

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The city started the program because yard waste is no longer accepted at Washington County's sanitary landfill on Kemps Mill Road, he said.

The city will pay Browning-Ferris Inc. $6,600 for the first three weeks of yard waste pickup because they weren't on the original schedule, Johnson said. The pickup will cost the city $1,822 a week for the remaining 35 weeks.

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