April 4, 2001
Franklin County to renew hazardous waste pickup WAYNESBORO, Pa. - From antifreeze to vinyl, Franklin County tracked 29 materials recycled in 2000. Paper products led the way, including 6,117 tons of cardboard and 3,081 tons of newsprint. Glass recycling totaled 1,454 tons and aluminum cans and scrap aluminum accounted for 445 tons, according to county figures. Yard waste came to 1,470 tons and another 318 tons of plastics were recycled in 2000, according to the annual report.
July 15, 1999
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Two Berkeley County locations are among more than 1,700 hazardous waste sites in need of cleanup, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The General Motors complex on Warm Springs Avenue in Martinsburg and the DuPont facility on U.S. 11 in Falling Waters are both working with the EPA after waste spills were found at both sites, said Bob Greaves, an EPA operations chief in Philadelphia, Pa. Neither location poses an immediate health hazard, but the EPA wants to make sure there are no long-term negative effects on groundwater or the surrounding ecosystem, Greaves said.
March 12, 1999
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Earth Day next month will usher in a new program for Franklin County residents with free curbside pickup of household hazardous wastes. "Before, we had two drop-off sites in the county and it was kind of a one-day event," County Environmental Planner Robert A. Meredith said Thursday. The new program will allow residents to dispose of paint, solvents, pesticides, used motor oil and other wastes in special containers that will be picked up at their homes.
April 8, 1998
Trash must be placed in front of residence by 7 a.m. Small items should be placed in containers. Any trash cans set out will be picked up as trash. The following items will not be picked up: tires, batteries, gas tanks, oil tanks, propane tanks, barrels, drums, buckets, paint cans, explosives, radioactive material, construction/building materials, household hazardous waste, wood waste, yard trimmings, limbs/grass & leaves, dirt/rocks/sod, commercial waste, industrial waste, medical waste.
November 17, 1997
Mail Call Editor's note - Please be as brief as possible when calling Mail Call, The Daily Mail's reader call-in line. Mail Call is not staffed on weekends or holidays so it is best to call Mail Call weekdays at 301-791-6236. Readers are welcome to leave their recorded message on any topic they choose, but some calls are screened out. Here are some of the calls we have received lately: "Hello Mail Call. We read the paper the other day and it was like a black plague set over Smithsburg out here when our mayor said she's going to run for re-election.
January 6, 1997
By FRANCA LEWIS Staff Writer A business north of Hagerstown has voluntarily removed a stockpile of tires, while a property owner west of town has been ordered to have his soil tested for contamination, according to state environmental officials. The Maryland Department of the Environment said this week that Topflight Airpark on Showalter Road voluntarily removed 350 scrap tires from the property. Topflight Airpark manager Jerry Iseminger said the tires were hauled Oct. 31 to the Washington County Landfill.