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City dumps fall large trash program

September 21, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN - The City of Hagerstown has canceled this fall's Dumpster Program.

For each of the last several years, the city has held two Dumpster Programs, one in the fall and one in the spring, so residents could dump large items of trash at the vacant lot near the intersection of Memorial Boulevard and South Potomac Street, said Eric Deike, the city's public works director.

The city hauled the trash to a landfill.

Deike said Hagerstown officials decided to cancel this fall's Dumpster Program because the city spent close to $100,000 last year to hold the event.

Part of that cost included fees that the landfill charged to receive the trash, he said.

The Dumpster Program tentatively is scheduled to resume the week of April 14, Deike said.

In the meantime, residents may use the city's Bulk Trash Collection Program, which occurs on the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

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Deike said residents must stop by the Hagerstown Department of Public Works at 51W. Memorial Blvd. and fill out a form to participate.

The form, among other things, asks for a resident's address that tells city workers where to pick up the trash.

The minimum cost of the service is $25 and increases depending on the total weight of the trash, Deike said. Items that contain Freon, such as refrigerators, freezers and air conditioners, cost an additional $25 per item.

Deike said residents also may haul their own trash to Forty West Landfill at 12630 Earth Care Road.

The minimum fee at the landfill is $8 for the first 260 pounds, according to Washington County's Web site.

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