Bulk trash pickup delayed

April 10, 1997


Staff Writer

Participation in Hagerstown's spring bulk cleanup has at least doubled, causing a delay in the pickup schedule, city officials said Thursday.

Bulk trash pickup in the city's northeast quadrant will be extended by one day, to today, city officials said. The northeast quadrant includes residences north of East Washington Street and Dual Highway and east of North Potomac Street.

More laborers and trucks have been added to the bulk trash pickup service, officials said.

"Usually we haul 60 to 65 truck loads of trash to the Washington County Landfill per quadrant. This year we have hauled 130 truck loads of trash for the Northwest Quadrant alone," Fred Decker, the city's Public Works Department's assistant manager, said in a prepared statement.


Bulk trash pickup has been completed in the northwest quadrant and is expected to be back on the normal schedule for the two southern quadrants by next week, Decker said.

The southwest quadrant's bulk trash will be picked up on Monday and Tuesday. The southeast quadrant's trash will be picked up on Wednesday and Thursday.

Bulk trash must be placed in front of the residence by 7 a.m. Small items should be put in containers. Any trash cans set out will be picked up as trash.

Piles of dirt, brush, tree limbs, tires, hazardous waste materials such as paint, batteries and pesticides, and sealed containers of toxic substances will not be picked up.

The increased participation increases the tipping fees the city pays to dump the trash at the landfill, officials said.

The cost already is $4,000 for 1 1/2 quadrants, Decker said. The total cost usually is between $4,000 and $6,000.

City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman said the city will be able to absorb the extra cost in this year's budget.

He attributed the increased participation to early spring weather and increased advertising for the program.

For more information, call 739-8577, extension 180.

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