Curbside collection offered for trash, brush and tires
HUNTINGTON -- This spring and summer the city of Huntington will offer some new services to help residents get rid of bulky trash.
The city has always allowed residents to put out bulky items or brush that does not exceed the capacity of an eight-foot flatbed truck once a month, but residents have been required to call the city to have those items removed.
Starting Monday, May 12, residents will be able to put those items out when their trash is normally picked up, and the city will remove it. Residents can only do this once a month, but do not have to call in advance, according to city officials.
Also, for the first time, residents can put up to eight tires out for the city to pick up.
Tire collection is a new service that is the result of a partnership between the city and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Assistant Public Works Director Jim Insco said in a news release.
"The Sanitation and Trash Division placed a greater emphasis on collecting trash in November of last year," Insco said. "We know this change has been effective, because we have collected more tons of garbage and trash per month compared to the previous year."
Brush must be bundled, weigh less than 75 pounds and be no more than 4 feet long or a fee will be assessed. Items that will not be picked up include appliances that contain freon, paint and any hazardous chemicals.
Trash, brush and tires will be collected at the Deitz Hollow Landfill in Guyandotte from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning May 12. Residents are allowed to drop off trash once a month and must provide a driver's license with a Huntington address and a copy of their most recent refuse fee receipt. The landfill, which is open year-round, is also open every third Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Last year, the city put out large garbage bins and encouraged residents to make use of them to get rid of bulky trash items.
That will not happen this year, though neighborhood groups that wish to conduct a cleanup can request the city provide a bin for a designated time period.
Huntington Communications Director Bryan Chambers said the group must provide the city with a plan of how the cleanup will be conducted and how the bin will be monitored.
"Obviously, we can't have people putting hazardous material into these bins," Chambers said.
For more information, call the Huntington Sanitation and Trash Division at 304-696-4431.
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