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What kind of trash can you put out?

What kind of trash can you put out?

May 23, 2008

Editor's note: On Fridays, Herald-Mail reporters and editors will answer some of the questions that are called in by readers to Mail Call. Consider this us returning your call.

What kind of trash can you put out?

Comment: "I just want to let people know I talked to City Hall, and we can now put any type of trash out along with your garbage, as long as it's under 50 pounds, no chemicals or no tires."

- Hagerstown

Answer: City Engineer Rodney Tissue said "any type of trash" is too much of a generalization.

Under it's new trash ordinance, which took effect Thursday, the city will pick up residential items that cannot be recycled.

This includes animal, fruit and vegetable waste resulting from the handling, storage, preparation, cooking and consumption of food; rags, cartons, rubber, leather, diapers, small appliances weighing fewer than 50 pounds and waste generated from normal residential household activities.

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Items not collected include, but are not limited to the following:

A. Hazardous materials, biohazard materials, or items containing refrigerant.

B. Items collected under the "Bulk Trash" program including but not limited to: appliances and furniture over 50 pounds, tires, computer equipment and electronics, mattresses, building or demolition waste, etc.

C. Recycling or refuse from non-residential or out-of-city property.

D. Containers or items weighing more than 50 pounds.

E. Recycling or refuse from private streets or alleys unless expressly agreed to by the city.

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