WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Many people find themselves reluctantly discarding meats and poultry, which the FDA suggests can be healthily frozen for up to 12 months, but trash collection in many neighborhoods is not until later in the week.

Washington residents who have spoiled food because of prolonged power outages can drop it off at six city schools if they want to get rid of it before their normal collection time later in the week.

The D.C. Department of Public Works said Monday that the food collection at school sites will take place Monday and Tuesday. That’s in addition to regular trash and recycling collection for those days.

Officials said they would be taking food at LaSalle-Backus Elementary and McKinley Tech in northeast Washington, Key Elementary and Wilson High School in northwest Washington and Ferebee-Hope Elementary and Garfield Elementary in southeast Washington.

The collection will run from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

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