Friday, February 22, 2013

Why wrapping glass is important for safe trash collection

If you receive Montgomery County-provided trash service, you may request up to five bulk trash pickups per year at no additional charge.

Requesting a bulk pick up is easy: place your request online or by calling the County's Customer Service Center at 311 (240-777-0311, TTY: 301-251-4850).

If your list of materials for pickup includes glass, we'll ask you to wrap it in paper.  Glass may shatter as crews try to load it into the trash truck hopper.

This resident set out a bare sheet glass on a recent morning:

Glass sheet at the curb for bulk trash pickup.

The trash crew retrieved the glass, with this result:

Glass shards at the curb.

"Fortunately, no crew members were injured," reported Gabriel George, the Collections Program Specialist whose assigned area includes this neighborhood.  "Glass pieces can cause serious injuries, but this time, it only left a mess for the crew to clean up."

Learn more about bulk trash pickups in Montgomery County, Maryland.

-- Photos by Gabriel George

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