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More than three tons of spoiled food collected Saturday morning

Monday, July 14, 2014 | 1:39 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The special trash drop-off let Columbia residents get rid of more than three tons of trash and spoiled foods Saturday.

With many residents losing power in last week's storm, the Columbia Public Works Department oversaw two drop-off points where people could dispose of rotting food. The drop-off at Fairview Elementary School drew 82 residents while 40 residents made use of the drop-off at 1005 W. Worley St., according to a department news release.

Department public information specialist Steven Sapp said that he believed most residents who had spoiled food got rid of it Saturday. He also said the department can organize pick-ups for residents who didn't make it to Saturday's collection.

"Some people may do a special pick-up," Sapp said. "We can schedule a special pick-up for a minimum charge of $9.23."

In all, the program collected 7,100 pounds of trash. The waste was taken to the Columbia Sanitary Landfill.

Supervising editor is Seth Klamann.


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