Ocean City, Maryland will buy disposal bags for furniture, mattresses

by nobugsonme on January 5, 2011 · 4 comments

in bed bugs, furniture, maryland, mattresses

The Maryland Coast Dispatch reports that Ocean City, Maryland is going to purchase bags for the disposal of residents’ mattresses and furniture, and to require residents to seal the items before disposing of them.

The concerns over bedbugs arose recently when an incident erupted over whose responsibility it was to properly dispose of infested furniture.

According to [Deputy Public Works Director Dick Malone], a call was received in October from a local pest exterminator to inform the town that 20-plus mattresses had been treated for bedbugs and placed in an alley for collection by the town’s bulk collection program.

The caller also brought to Malone’s attention the concern over having town employees pick up the mattresses and have the bedbugs transferred onto themselves.

Similar concerns have arisen in other cities such as New York, where a law now requires discarded mattresses to be sealed in plastic before disposal.

In Ocean City, concerns about those 20+ discarded mattresses known to have been treated for bed bugs apparently led officials to implement a new policy in which residents discarding upholstered furniture or mattresses will be asked to bag the items first.

The article suggests this will apply to all upholstered furniture – known to be infested or not. And that makes sense, since it will be impossible for sanitation workers to quickly assess which items pose a danger, and which don’t.

The bags will cost the city $1.77 each, but residents will pay an as-yet-undetermined fee for pickup (the rate of $40 was mentioned as a possibility).

Thanks to Winston O’Buggy for alerting us to this story.

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1 CarpathianPeasant January 5, 2011 at 9:09 am

That’s pretty cheap. I paid about $10 for painters’ tarp plastic and tape at a hardware store. It also cost me $50 for maintenance to haul my couch out of the apartment (125 feet down the hall and down the service elevator — the rule is $50 PER piece of furniture).

2 nobugsonme January 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi CP,

I assume the pickup fee is for removing items from the curb only (which many cities offer to residents for free). People still have to haul the stuff out to the collection point.

3 CarpathianPeasant January 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

There’s city trash collection here. The $50 was property manager’s fee for hauling the thing out of the apartment to the pick up point. I couldn’t do it. Among other things it was a sleeper sofa and 125 feet is a fourth of a city block.

Having thus paid for something I couldn’t carry…. Yeah, sure, the city will arrange to pick such things up. If it’s worth anything to anyone looking here my air bed efforts continue. I can haul those out myself in a big garbage bag.

I use two one layer ones, one large (about queen size, sale price $29.99 includes air pump) and one small single bed size (about $13 on sale, no air pump). The little one go on top of a big one. If an elbow goes through the thing, it’s the little one that’s damaged. Maximum replacement cost about $15 at the drug store. The big one has lasted several months. Because the top is a separate thing, I suspect that weight and pressure is more evenly distributed by the time it gets to the bottom. Have a spare of each size.

You can move this comment to the forum if you like; I was going to post a note there under air bed. I should keep track of how long they last and under what circumstances, but didn’t think of it when I got them.

4 nobugsonme January 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm

Hi CP,

I have no way of moving posts from the blog comments to the forums, except by copying and pasting them as you would. If you do it, you can later find the discussion easily, and people can private message you.

Please feel free to copy and paste the relevant part of your post to a new thread in the forums. You can login there if you have created an account for the blog comments; if not, it is easy to do so.

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