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Big changes to D.C. trash collection because of snow

Because of the snow storm, the District Department of Public Works will only collect trash in the front of homes and businesses, and recycling collection will be suspended the rest of the week.

Residents are asked to place garbage in dark-colored plastic bags and to put them out as close to the time of collection as possible. DPW recommends placing bleach in the trash to repel rodents.

Here are some other changes, according to a news release from DPW:

"Ft. Totten Transfer Station Closed to the Public: Ft. Totten also will be closed to the public on Monday, February 8.

No Bulk Collections Monday, February 8: DPW bulk collection drivers still will be on duty clearing the streets of snow.

Street Litter Can Collections Suspended: Litter can collections are suspended February 4 through February 9. Collections are expected to resume Wednesday, February 10. "

-- Nikita Stewart

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 7, 2010; 11:15 AM ET
Categories:  Nikita Stewart  
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The bags are only for people with alley collection. If your supercan goes in front, it still should go in front.

Posted by: ah___ | February 7, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

Now that this changes things for trash collection, are there any suggestions for getting to the store for large black bags if one is snowed in and cannot move the vehicle? The nearest store is too far to walk and the streets have not seen a plow yet.

For now, regular white trash bags it will be for many of us on the block.

Posted by: shank2sb | February 8, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The DC government needs to forget about the trash for a few moments and start moving some snow out of the way. The response to this storm is very different than the plowing effort December 19th, which pleasantly surprised me. After reading about the $4 M budget being surpassed before this storm, I do believe that the city is not plowing streets as well as they did after the Dec. 19 storm. Living in Burleith and commuting to Shaw has made this very obvious.

Posted by: beurliethbusinessowner | February 9, 2010 12:27 AM | Report abuse

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