Stories from the NFCCA Newsletter, the “Northwood News”

Northwood News ♦ June 2021

Got Too Much Junk?  Just Call 311

By Julie Whitcomb

If you find yourself with too much junk, there is free help for you!  Items that are damaged, broken, stained, missing parts, and cracked can be picked up for free by Montgomery County 311.

Items that are too large to fit into your trash cans need to be picked up in Bulk Trash Pickup.  Each household gets five free bulk trash pickups a year!  You must schedule the pickup a few days in advance.  Call 311 to request a pickup or go online to montgomery to fill out a form.  The pickups occur on the same day as your regularly scheduled trash and recycling day between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

You can also call 311 for free, unlimited scrap metal pickups.  It must be scheduled a few days in advance.

If your sofas, mattresses, chairs, tables, bookcases, etc., are in good condition and not stained, torn, or damaged, you can donate your items to charity and help people in need.  And sometimes you can get a tax break, too!  Many organizations will pick up your large items for free from your house or curbside.

A few local organizations include A Wider Circle in Silver Spring, Urban Thrift in Kensington that supports Arc of Montgomery County, Wagging Tails in Rockville that helps the animals at Montgomery County Humane Society, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Silver Spring.

So clear out the junk from your house and off your curbs by calling for a pickup from MC311 or donating it!

[Board member Whitcomb lives on Chiswell Lane.]   ■

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