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Residents use revised bulk item pickup program

May 15, 2003|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown residents have started using the city's revised bulk item pickup program, under which they make an appointment for pickup and pay a fee, Public Works Director Eric Deike said Monday.

Robin Poffenberger said she and her husband didn't mind paying $20 to have the city come May 7 and take away a 45-year-old freezer, which they were replacing, she said.

She said she would have preferred having the freezer hauled away at no charge, but said $20 was not too steep a price for the service.

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The Hagerstown City Council decided in January to dispose of the twice-annual curbside bulk trash pickup program, under which residents could get rid of unwanted appliances, furniture and other bulky items free.

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.

Under the new program, collections will be made on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

Eight residents applied for the first collection on May 7 and five have applied to have items picked up on May 21, he said.

The fee for pickups is a minimum of $20 a load, which must be paid in advance of the collection.

"A load is defined as the amount of bulk trash that will fit in the bucket of a front end loader, which is approximately 2 feet wide by 2 feet high by 7 feet long," Deike said.

The city charges a separate $20 fee for items containing environmentally harmful gas such as refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners, Deike said.

Applications for trash pickup should be completed at the Department of Public Works at 51 W. Memorial Blvd. between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, the city said. All items being collected must be listed on the application, the city said.

Items not permitted for the bulk trash collection are tires, paint, fuel tanks, propane tanks, hazardous waste and trash that can be collected in the regular trash collection, the city said.

City residents may call 301-739-8577, ext. 178, for more information.

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