BERLIN – Berlin town staff has confirmed two dates in early November for the new fall bulk garbage pick-up, a practice approved by the Mayor and Council earlier in October.
Residents who normally have their trash picked up on Tuesdays will have bulk pick-up on Nov. 7, while properties with a Thursday pick-up will have their bulk trash taken on Nov. 14.
Regular household garbage will not be picked up on the bulk garbage days, but household trash pick-up will resume as normal the week following the bulk garbage pick-up.
Large, bulky items that the town will cart away on those days include furniture, tables, chairs, carpet, mattresses, sinks, toilets, and large appliances, like refrigerators, washers and dryers.
Berlin’s Public Works Department asks residents to put smaller bulk items in some kind of container, weighing no more than 100 pounds overall.
The town will not pick-up yard waste or brush, any kind of hazardous waste, paint, construction waste or materials, tires, or propane tanks.
Questions about permitted items can be directed to the Berlin Department of Public Works at 410-641-4001.
Items for pick-up must be set out by 7:30 a.m. on the scheduled day, or they will not be taken at all, according to the town.
Industrial and commercial sites are not eligible for the bulk pick-up, which is for residential properties only.
The town of Berlin has a spring bulk garbage pick-up every year, but this is the first year for the fall pick-up, which surprised some citizens.
The new bulk garbage collection was prompted by a handful of calls to town hall, the mayor and council members.
Some of those callers assumed there would be a fall pick-up, just like in the spring, reported Councilwoman Ellen Lang, who received several phone calls about the pick-up this fall, at the last council meeting.
Although the Public Works Department is busy at this time of year, Lang said the fall bulk pick-up would be a good thing to offer.
The idea was unanimously approved Oct. 9 and was just waiting on the final dates.
“I think a lot of people will take advantage of it,” Lang said when the idea was introduced earlier this month.
“I don’t see why we can’t,” Mayor Tom Cardinale said at the first October council meeting. “It’s a service that people appreciate.”