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Greene Township holds bulk trash collection

April 20, 2007|By DON AINES

SCOTLAND, Pa. - Scores of pickup trucks and other vehicles lined the streets leading to the Greene Township Municipal Building Friday as residents gave up their tired furniture, poorly functioning appliances and the wretched refuse of their cluttered homes for the Spring Bulk Collection.

By 11 a.m., about 250 vehicles had passed through the line, leaving washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, mattresses, box springs, lawn mowers, barbecue grills, sofas, birdbaths, exercise machines and other debris of a disposable society.

Township resident Sherry Smith was riding in a loaded pickup truck pulling a loaded trailer of things she no longer needed. She was getting rid of two washing machines, a dryer, a water heater and mattresses, among other items.

While waiting in the line that snaked slowly toward the collection area, one man spotted an item in her trash that he apparently treasured.

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"Somebody already wants my old cabinet back there," Smith said. A man hauled it off on a dolly a few minutes later.

At about the same time, township employee Scott Williamson used a skid loader with a claw attachment to grab three appliances from the trailer in one bite.

While a few sharp-eyed residents might pluck a few things from the hundreds of tons being deposited Friday, most of what was dropped off will end up in the IESI landfill in the township. However, many of the appliances will be recycled, Township Supervisor Charles D. Jamison said.

"The metal is being recycled by Conservit (Inc.) in Hagerstown and they pay us for it," Jamison said. "The rest of it we just junk."

The landfill charges the township by the ton, but the drop-off is free to township residents, Jamison said. The township will accept most bulky items with a few exceptions - yard waste, regular household trash, batteries, construction debris, liquefied paints and hazardous materials among them.

Up to eight tires per household are accepted, but they have to be off the rims, and empty 20-pound propane tanks also are accepted, according to the township Web site.

Although it is free, Supervisor Todd Burns said some people still dump their stuff along township roads. Two days earlier, a crew had to pick up couches and other junk someone illegally had dumped along Airport Road.

Residents who could not get their refuse to the township building Friday can do so today from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., according to the township Web site. A second bulk collection will be held in the fall.

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