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Residents took advantage of free dumping

December 13, 1997

Residents took advantage of free dumping

About 2,500 Washington County residents got rid of unwanted items for free during a Residential Bulk Trash program in November, said county Solid Waste Director Bob Davenport.

People dropped off 140 tons of furniture and carpet, more than 700 appliances, lawn mowers and water heaters, more than 220 car batteries, 2,500 tires and 1,100 gallons of used oil, Davenport said.

Normally, residents would have to pay extra to dispose of these types of items.

The cost is still being calculated, but Davenport said the Washington County Commissioners earmarked part of a budget surplus for the weeklong program that began Nov. 15.

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"The County Commissioners were pleased that the program was so successful; but of greater significance is the fact that they were able to return tax dollors to the citizens of Washington County through the use of last year's surplus funds," he said.

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