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C&O canal to remove trash cans

February 25, 1999

About 98 percent of the trash cans along the C&O Canal will be removed under a new Trash Free Park Program, said Douglas Faris, superintendent of the C&O Canal National Historic Park.

Most of the 350 trash cans along the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal will be replaced with 130 trash bag dispensers when the program begins in mid-April, Faris told the Washington County Commissioners this week.

The program is intended to keep the park clean and encourage recycling, he said.

Most of the people who bring trash to the canal do so at the picnic areas, he said. The hope is that they will start putting that trash back in their cars or place it in bags and carry it to the nearest trash cans, he said.

While considering whether to do the program, Canal administrators questioned whether it would succeed and if canal users would use the trash bag dispensers, he said.

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After doing some research, and checking out a similar program at Maryland state parks, they concluded that it should work. One expected result is that fewer people will bring trash to the canal in the first place, he said.

- Scott Butki

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