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Garbage collection schedule to change

February 07, 2001|By DAN KULIN /Staff Writer

Garbage collection schedule to change



Hagerstown is going to pick up large trash items earlier that usual this year, and residents will be able to haul such items to a Dumpster more often, the City Council decided Tuesday.

The council said the first curbside bulk-trash pickup should be done in March instead of April. The city typically does a second bulk-trash pickup in October.

The bulk-trash pickups are usually followed by the city's Dumpster program, under which the city makes a Dumpster available to residents. The council said the Dumpster should be available three times a year, instead of two.

The council instructed City Public Works Manager Eric Deike to get cost estimates for hiring subcontractors to help with the bulk-trash pickup.

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The bulk-trash pickup is in place for residents to get rid of large items such as furniture, mattresses, old grills or bicycles, said City Administrator Bruce Zimmerman.

Deike came to the council Tuesday to ask for guidance in dealing with the increasingly popular trash collection service.

He said the timing of the first bulk pickup is bad for his department because park maintenance is getting under way in April.

Councilman Alfred W. Boyer said a lot of people who do not live in Hagerstown are dropping off trash when the city does the bulk pickup program. He suggested giving residents stickers to put on their items so the city could tell how much trash is coming from outside the city.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein said using stickers would not be realistic.

She suggested trying to cut down on the number of outsiders using the service by attempting to limit how many people know when the pickup is happening.

Typically, the city announces the program dates in the newspaper and on the city's cable television station. She said the city instead should alert residents of the program dates through notices included in residents' bills from the city.

Councilman Lewis C. Metzner asked for cost estimates for having subcontractors help the Public Works Department pick up the trash quicker.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said "in my experience I put the stuff out there the night before (it is scheduled for pickup) and it sits there for a week."

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