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Free haul-off for that old freezer
Hall County offers free pickup of old appliances for a final week
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Appliance pickup
What: Register to have up to three household appliances picked up.
When: 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday
Contact: Gainesville residents call 770-532-0493; Hall County residents call 770-536-7225.

If you wish that old busted appliance in your basement would just disappear, then Hall County has a deal for you.

Today is the start of the last week Hall County residents can sign up to have their used household appliances hauled away for free.

“Many people don’t own a pickup truck or have a way to transport an old refrigerator or washer to the landfill, so Hall County offers this service once a year to help out those residents,” Hall County Public Information Officer Nikki Young said.

Residents can arrange to have up to three appliances removed during the appliance pickup, which began Feb. 22 and ends Friday. Stoves, washers, dryers, water heaters, refrigerators, freezers and dish washers all qualify.

Once registered, participants will be given a specific date to have their appliance at the curb to be picked up. If the appliance has doors, officials ask they be removed so children cannot become trapped.

Besides being a boon to homeowners, the service also benefits the county.

“This also helps out the county marshals, because one of their responsibilities is to keep discarded items like appliances from cluttering up our neighborhoods,” Young said.

Gainesville city residents can call 770-532-0493 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today through Friday to register. All other Hall County residents should call 770-536-7225.

With the deadline fast approaching, it may be tempting for residents to just drop their rusty gadgets at the street and hope they’ll get picked up.

But officials warn those appliances still will be parked in front of your house at the end of the week.

“You must sign up for the service,” Young said. “If you leave an item at the curb without registering, it will not be picked up.”

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