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DPW Announces New Saturday Hours at Fort Totten

Monday, April 2, 2001

Residents May Dispose of Garbage, Bulk Trash and Yard Waste The Fort Totten Transfer Station, the city's only solid waste facility open to the public, will change its weekend hours, effective April 16, 2001. The trash transfer station, located at 4900 Bates Road, NE, will be open to DC residents and government agencies from 8 am to 2 pm on Saturdays. Hours of operation during the week will remain the same; Mon.-Fri. from 8 am to 4 pm. The transfer station is closed on Sunday.

The Fort Totten Transfer Station provides a collection area for the District's municipal waste, including residential garbage, brush and tree limbs, as well as bulk items, including appliances and furniture. Fort Totten also accepts motor oil and antifreeze, but no hazardous, liquid or infectious wastes. The transfer station does not accept any waste generated from commercial operations - stores, apartment buildings, restaurants or businesses.

Since access is provided, free of charge, only to DC residents, those bringing trash to the Fort Totten site will be asked to provide proof of District residency. Some may be asked to prove the origin of the trash. The transfer station processes 500 - 700 tons of municipal solid waste per day. At Fort Totten, the District's trash is dumped into large trucks and taken to the Lorton landfill for disposal. White goods, paper, and bulk metal are removed by private haulers. Organic waste, such as grass clippings, brush, tree branches and leaves are added to Fort Totten's compost pile. Composted material is free for the taking to DC residents. Call (202) 576-6803 for more information.