PORT ANGELES — The first one showed up shortly after dawn Sunday. Eventually the line grew to nearly two miles long.

But the people in trucks and other vehicles snaking along West 18th Street weren’t waiting for U2 tickets or the latest Beanie Baby. Instead, their destination was the dump.

Taking advantage of the city of Port Angeles’ annual dump day, area residents brought in 1,300 vehicle loads of trash to the city landfill. That’s up from the average of 800 to 900 loads brought in during previous dump days, said Dale Miller, city recycling coordinator.

The spring cleaning event, which has been held in various forms for about 25 years, has been a benefit event since 1995.

Dump fees are waived for a $5 or six-food-item contribution per load. The proceeds go to the Port Angeles Food Bank.

This year about $2,900 was raised in $5 donations for the food bank. The 6,240 pounds of food collected was about double previous totals, Miller said.

City employees and volunteers saw a little bit of everything in the trailers and trucks that rolled in over five hours.

The full report appears in the Monday edition of the Peninsula Daily News, on sale throughout Clallam and Jefferson counties. Or click on “Subscribe” at left to order your copy via U.S. mail.

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