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City considers changes in bulk trash pickup

December 04, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

julieg@herald-mail.com

Twice annual bulk trash pickup may be a thing of the past in Hagerstown.

City Council members leaned Tuesday toward scrapping the traditional bulk trash pickup in the spring and fall in favor of bulk trash pickup by appointment for a fee.

They asked Public Works Manager Eric Deike to come back with a more detailed proposal for appointment pickup and proposed fees. They also asked him to explore putting the service out for bid.

The way the council left the issue during Tuesday's work session, there would be no bulk pickup this spring. Dumpsters would be available this spring.

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The current program allows residents to place unwanted items such as appliances, mattresses and furniture at the curbside for free pickup by the city.

During the two weeks in the spring and two weeks in the fall, the city is divided into four quadrants for scheduling purposes.

Although specific days are designated for each quadrant, trash is often put out on other nights so city workers return to pick it up, Deike said.

The amount of bulk trash also has increased because noncity residents leave unwanted items in the city to avoid paying landfill fees, city officials said.

Deike said the fall bulk trash pickup alone costs about $88,000.

With the city facing a tight budget this coming fiscal year, Councilman Lewis C. Metzner said the city cannot continue to offer the twice annual bulk pickup.

During the discussion, the issue of picking up the property of evicted tenants off public sidewalks also was discussed.

That matter also will return to the council for discussion.

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