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Gettysburg moves to Waste Management for waste and recycling services

As the low bidder on the waste removal contract for the borough, Waste Management (WM), will provide waste and recycling services for all Gettysburg residents beginning April 1.

Residents are encouraged to call (800) 593-9529 or visit https://www.wm.com to set up a WM online account.

Please leave a comment below if you have questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

Residents should have received a mailing from WM about the switchover.

Pickup days will remain the same. Costs depend on the individual plan chosen (see information on the “tag-a-bag” program below). Material must be placed at the curb no later than 7:00 a.m. on your day of collection.

WM will allow one bulk item, such as mattresses, furniture, appliances, or other large household items, to be left for pickup on each collection day. Mattresses and box springs must be bagged prior to collection using bags that can be purchased at local hardware stores.

Items containing such as refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, dehumidifiers or any items with CFC/HCFC refrigerants or liquids must be scheduled ahead of collection by contacting WM customer service at (800) 593-9529.

Toxic chemicals, pesticides, pool chemicals, oil-based paints, weed killers, automotive batteries, and fuels or fluids must be disposed of properly, and NEVER placed in the trash.

TVs, computers, laptops, printers, or monitors must be properly recycled and will NOT be collected at the curb. Gettysburg Borough will host its next device recycling event on September 17, 2022.

Yard waste can be picked up weekly. Branches should be bundled in lengths of three feet, and of a size that can be lifted by one man. Leaves should be placed (unbagged) in an open, dumpable container.

Holiday Schedule: The following holidays are observed by Waste Management:

New Year’s Day

Memorial Day

Labor Day

Thanksgiving Day

Fourth of July

Christmas Day

If a holiday falls on or before your collection day, your service will be delayed one day that week only. There will be no service delays if a holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday.

Tag a Bag Program Residents must contact WM at (800) 593-9529 by March 18 to remain in or sign up for the “tag a bag” program. Residents participating in the service will be invoiced the $20.00 annual fee and will receive 12 tags. Additional tags can be purchased for $4.00 per tag by contacting WM at (800) 593-9529.

Notification System: Customers are notified by phone through an automated system about important service delays, inclement weather or cancellations. Please keep an updated home or cell phone number on file with Customer Service to receive alerts when necessary.

For More Information: Waste Management Customer Service (800) 593-9529 Residents can also visit www.wm.com for chat and email options.

Always recycle:

Plastic bottles, jugs, jars & tubs

Food & Beverage Cans Paper

Flattened Cardboard & Paperboard Glass Bottles & Containers Rinse carefully. Remove metal lids and recycle separately.

NO Food or Liquids

NO Foam Cups & Containers NO Loose Plastic Bags or Film Plastic

NO Green Waste

NO Clothing, Furniture & Carpet in recycle bins

To learn more visit wm.com/recycleright.

NO Batteries – check local drop-off programs for proper disposal

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  • What exactly is the ‘law’ that requires this and why? Is it a state law? Local? Why can’t we all just choose who we get our trash taken by?

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