Trash pickups will be late for many this week

January 17, 2002|By Johnathon E. Briggs | Johnathon E. Briggs,SUN STAFF

More than 20,000 county households will experience late pickups of their curbside trash this week, and all bulk pickup service has been suspended, because of the loss of a solid-waste contractor, the Department of Public Works said yesterday.

The contractor, Chesapeake Waste Disposal, was responsible for collecting household trash twice a week, and yard waste and recyclable goods once a week, from 21,200 county households.

Because of what were described as financial problems related to the "sudden and untimely death" of the company's owner, Chesapeake cannot honor its contract with the county, the department said.

Affected are households in Glen Burnie, Oakwood Manor, Parke West, Harundale, Millersville, Crofton, Walden, Riva and Heritage Harbor, the department said.

Two companies that collect trash in other areas of the county will serve the affected areas but have asked the county for time to assemble employees for the task.

Household trash, recycling and yard waste probably will be picked up late in the day, county officials said, but they advised residents to have their trash on the curb by 6 a.m. on their usual collection days and to leave it out all day.

Yesterday, the department suspended bulk-item collection countywide so that Public Works employees who usually handle this service can work in the communities formerly served by Chesapeake Waste Disposal.

To report a problem, county residents may call 410-222-6100 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or send e-mail to

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