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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Only in Reston: Fundraiser For Retiring Reston Trash Owner

It's not any old place that raises money when the garbage collector retires, but Reston isn't any old place. Nor is Reston Trash, a locally owned business that was loved by many of its South Reston customers -- and how many people can say that about their garbagemen? -- an ordinary trash collector.

John Hasle, who owned and operated Reston Trash for more than 40 years, is retiring for health reasons. Not since the closing of another, slightly less local business has Restonian World Headquarters been besieged by so many urgent communiques, and Elizabeth Vandenburg, who once hitched a ride on Hasle's truck for a story she wrote for Patch, has set up a fundraising site for Hasle. 

As of this afternoon, Hasle's GoFundMe site has raised more than $400 of its goal of $1,000.

"It has been a privilege and a pleasure to provide service to so many customers and friends for the last 42 years," Hasle wrote in a letter to customers. "Thank you all for your loyal patronage and support."


  1. Peasant From Less Sought After South RestonSeptember 16, 2015 at 10:42 PM

    As of 10:30 Wednesday evening, the total raised for John Hasle on GoFundMe is an impressive $1,500 in slightly over 11 hours. New goal is now $2,000.

    Way to go Reston!

    And best wishes to you, John, and thanks for the great service all these years.

  2. Up to $1825 - let's go for $3,000 for John.

  3. Sorely missed. Never missed a pickup, never spilled so much as a Kleenex. I should say something funny, but I can't.

  4. We need a John Hasle Appreciation Day in Reston!


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