Hagerstown briefs

March 16, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

City to put an end to Friday night trash

Beginning in late April, the streets of Hagerstown might look and smell cleaner heading into the weekend.

"I like the idea very much of not having trash sitting out in the downtown on a Friday night," Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II said during the City Council's work session Tuesday.

City Engineer Rodney Tissue asked the City Council for permission to tweak the city's trash and recycling schedule starting the week of April 23 so that there are no longer any trash pickups on Saturday.

Tissue said the city is expanding its recycling program and has broken it into a zone system. Allied Waste Services collects the city's trash and recycling. Depending on where people live in the city, their trash is picked up on different days. Recycling materials are collected on Thursdays for all residents.


Starting in April, Allied Waste will pick up recycling materials on the same day it collects trash, Tissue said. Because of the change, he recommended the city move Saturday trash collections to Thursdays, eliminating the need for residents to leave trash on the curb on Friday evenings.

Councilwoman Penny M. Nigh said when the city makes the change, it needs to make sure landlords, notably absentee landlords, are aware of it and alert their tenants. Otherwise, Nigh said, residents are likely to continue putting their trash out on Friday nights. Tissue said the city is planning a publicity campaign to create awareness.

Yard waste collection to resume April 5

City of Hagerstown yard waste collection will resume April 5 and run through Dec. 6. Residents may set yard waste at the curb after 4 p.m. on Tuesday for Wednesday morning collection.

Yard waste must be placed in reusable containers (garbage cans, bins), yard waste bags or leaf bags, but not in plastic bags.

Yard waste includes leaves, grass clippings, branches and small sticks. Residents are required to bundle branches and sticks in lengths of three feet or less and no larger than three inches in diameter.

For information, contact the engineering department's recycling hot line at 301-739-8577, ext. 106.

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