City of Havre de Grace Partners with Vietnam Veterans of America

The City of Havre de Grace is pleased to announce a partnership with the charitable organization, Vietnam Veterans of America. Beginning Friday, December 15, 2017, select household items scheduled for the City’s Bulk Collection Program will be set aside when we find they are in decent condition. Gently used chairs, tables, lamps, bedframes, etc. will now go to veterans who can use it rather than going into the Landfill!

You have heard the expression, “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.” This is certainly true for some of the items residents put out at the curb as trash. During the weekly scheduled Bulk Item Collections, City staff has found household items that are in fairly good condition such as patio furniture, cabinets, dressers, coffee tables, desks, and other discarded items that just need a little care. Unfortunately, most of these items end up in a landfill. With landfill fees increasing, the City began to explore ways to reduce this cost.

Director of Public Works Timothy F. Whittie asked staff to find ways to decrease the amount of trash going into the landfill. Mr. Whittie said, “I thought local charities might be interested in taking these discarded items and giving them to those in need. It is a win for both as we need to reduce the amount we pay in monthly landfill fees. We are very pleased that Vietnam Veterans of America embraced the invitation to partner.”

The City of Havre de Grace encourages everyone to consider alternatives to the landfill. Many organizations will take gently-used household items and clothing, including:

• Goodwill: 1A Aberdeen Shopping Plaza, Aberdeen, MD 21001, ph. 410.297.9136
• GreenDrop: ph.1-888-944-3766 to schedule a home pickup. (GreenDrop collects items on behalf of the American Red Cross, Purple Heart, Maryland School for the Blind and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.)

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