Public Works Department to set up drop-off points for spoiled food

Friday, July 11, 2014 | 2:03 p.m. CDT; updated 7:50 p.m. CDT, Friday, July 11, 2014

COLUMBIA — In response to complaints about spoiled food after this week's storm-related power outages, the Columbia Public Works Department will arrange for special trash drop-offs Saturday.

The Columbia Public Works Department will set up two drop-off points for residents to dispose of perished food for no charge from 8 a.m. until noon, according to a department news release. One truck will be stationed at 1005 W. Worley St. and another at Fairview Elementary School, at 909 Fairview Road.

Steve Sapp, a spokesman for Public Works, said the program came about after people complained about food spoiling.

"We have heard from a number of our customers that they are looking for a place to put their spoiled waste," said Steve Sapp, a spokesman for the Public Works Department. "We set up a couple collection points because people didn’t want to have food spoiling in their trash cans or their garage.”

Members of the Solid Waste division will be on-site to help dispose of the spoiled food. The trash will be taken to the Columbia Sanitary Landfill, Sapp said.

"We tried to put the drop-off points in the hardest-hit areas so folks didn’t have to travel too far for them," Sapp said.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.

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