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Dumpster program gears up

April 01, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

The City of Hagerstown's annual spring Dumpster program starts this week and the revised bulk item pickup program will begin about one month later, Hagerstown officials said last week.

While the bulk trash program has changed, the spring Dumpster program for city residents has not.

The Hagerstown City Council decided in January to dispose of the curbside bulk trash pickup program, replacing it with one in which residents must schedule and pay for bulk items to be picked up.

For more than a decade, Hagerstown residents each spring and fall disposed of unwanted appliances, furniture and other bulky items free through the city's curbside bulk trash pickup program.

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City officials said the program turned the city into an eyesore and that people from outside the city were dumping trash for pickup inside the city.

Starting May 1, city residents may call 301-739-8577, ext. 178, to schedule a pickup, said Public Works Manager Eric Deike.

Collections will be made on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

The fee for pickups will be a minimum of $20 a load. The city defines a load as "the amount of debris which fits in a bucket of a front-end loader."

"Payment for the collection must be made in advance and items must be taken to the curb on the evening prior to the scheduled pickup day," Deike said.

Items containing environmentally harmful gas such as Freon will be collected for a fee of $20 each, he said.

The Dumpster program, at the intersection of South Potomac Street and West Memorial Boulevard, is scheduled for Monday, April 7, through Saturday, April 12, city spokeswoman Karen Giffin said.

Dumping hours will be 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 7 to 11, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 12.

Identification proving city residency will be needed, Deike said.

Giffin said items not permitted in the Dumpster program include tires, batteries, paint, chemical waste or other hazardous waste, and items containing Freon. The Dumpsters are not to be used by commercial haulers. Residents are asked not to put yard waste or recyclable items in the Dumpsters.

Hagerstown's 2003 seasonal yard waste program will begin with pickup Wednesday and will run until early December. Refuse should be put at curbsides after 4 p.m. Tuesdays for Wednesday collection.

Materials such as leaves, grass clippings, brush and small sticks should be placed in reusable containers or paper yard-waste bags.

For information on the Dumpster program, call 301-739-8577, ext. 178. For information on yard waste and recyclable items, call 301-739-8577, ext. 125.

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