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Borough schedules first free drop-off dates

September 08, 2006|by JENNIFER FITCH

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Borough of Greencastle has scheduled its first free drop-off days for residents to dispose of large trash like refrigerators, air conditioners, scrap metal and stoves.

Drop-offs will be accepted from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, and 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

"The intent of it is for people to get rid of bulky items they have around the house," Borough Manager Ken Myers said.

Proof of residency is required when items are dropped off at the Public Works garage on Mifflin Lane. Residents are asked to place their garbage in the hoppers.

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"If anyone brings something extremely heavy, we'll have a backhoe there to assist them," Myers said.

Recyclables and everyday trash will not be accepted. Liquid and hazardous materials are also prohibited, he said.

"We will be accepting tires. We are planning to pass on a $2 per tire fee," Myers said.

Waste Management trucks will take the hoppers to the landfill throughout the two days. Borough officials and the council have said they don't know what to expect from the experience.

"We've estimated some quantities, but that's only been based on the size of the hoppers," Myers said. The borough council has approximated that the drop-off day could cost between $75,000 and $110,000, he said.

The drop-off day was deemed more cost effective than regularly scheduled bulky item pickups, according to Myers.

"Borough council has been discussing it for the past several years," he said.

Council has contracted with a company to handle bulky items with Freon.

The Lions Club and Boy Scouts are developing plans to offer pickup for elderly and disabled residents, the council learned Monday.

Anyone with questions about the drop-off days can call Greencastle Borough Hall at 717-597-7143.

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