Residents take advantage of no fees at landfill

November 15, 1997


Staff Writer

Larry and Nancy Miller emptied the back of their pickup truck Saturday afternoon that was filled with household items they have been meaning to get rid of for a long time.

There were two televisions - one color, one black and white - that were each the size of a small chest of drawers. There was a large cabinet radio. And there was an old wringer-style Kelvinator washing machine that the Hagerstown couple said they were able to get about 40 years of service out of.

"It still works," Larry Miller said.

The Millers and many other area people took advantage of the first day of Washington County's free bulk trash disposal week to get rid of old appliances, mattresses, carpets and other wares that have been doing nothing but taking up space in their homes.


"I think it's great. You can't do this all year long," Nancy Miller said.

The kickoff of the free disposal, which lasts through Nov. 22, was part of "America Recycles Day," and many of the bulk items dumped at the Washington County Sanitary Landfill on Resh Road are recyclable.

"I guess it's a good idea for bulk pickup," said Larry Bird, who emptied his truck to make room back at his Cearfoss home for the onslaught of Christmas toys and other gifts.

"This is nice," said Jeff Karn of Hagerstown, who was dumping a cabinet, attic ladder and some old blinds.

Like most of the people interviewed, Karn said he already pays a yearly permit fee ($25 for cars, $50 for pickup trucks) to dump garbage at the landfill. But bulk items require an additional fee of $2.25 per 100 pounds, with a $5 minimum charge, so the break was a welcome.

Karn said it is important for the county to occasionally have free dumping because some people cannot afford the landfill fees and would otherwise dump illegally alongside roads on in other areas.

"If they don't dump it here, they are going to dump it somewhere," he said.

Karn and others also pointed out that allowing some free dumping is a good service to taxpayers who feel they are already paying their share.

"I think it's a good idea. Everybody pays taxes," said Gary Gossard of Hagerstown.

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