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April 10, 2014

Londonderry's busy drop-off center opens

Town drop-off center is a popular destination

LONDONDERRY — There was a lot of spring cleaning going on.

It was opening day Saturday at Londonderry’s drop-off center off West Road and business was steady.

Cars and trucks drove into the center full of yard waste, household materials and other scraps collected over a long winter.

The center is now open every Saturday through November for residents who have specialty items to get rid of or materials that won’t be accepted through the town’s municipal trash pickup program.

Containers were lined up at the site, one for each category of material that people wanted to toss.

The town has its own curb pickup garbage service, including bins for household recyclables. All the other stuff can find a new home at the drop-off center.

Once collected, materials are then distributed to various vendors to be taken off for further recycling.

Paul Schacht has worked for the town for 29 years and was working opening day with other staff including his father, Paul Schacht Sr.

Once cars and trucks pull in with their loads, staffers take an inventory, making note of what is being dropped off and what fee might be charged for certain things.

A lot of the center’s acceptable items can be dropped off free, including yard waste, cardboard and certain plastics.

Clothing and textiles can be donated and then are given to charitable organizations like the Salvation Army.

Schacht said in a day’s time the center will be very busy.

“We’ll see 150 cars in and out on any given Saturday,” he said.

On the first day of the season, the lines were getting long as residents drove in with trailers full of old bikes, wood and unwanted metals.

Spring cleaning was in full throttle as people also brought several unique items they no longer needed, including an old ping pong table, a child’s plastic pool and piping.

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