Haulers should be aware of time when picking up trash


April 15, 2008

This past Saturday (April 5) I was once again awakened at 5 a.m. in the morning by the noise of a dumpster being unloaded and dropped to the ground at a dairy just one-half block down from me. Needless to say I was very agitated at the noise so early in the morning and since I could not go back to sleep I wrote this instead.

Living in the city and especially where I do, you must expect some noise at early hours of the morning; buses, traffic, fire engines to the rescue and church bells, you tend to get used to it. However, when a refuse company is breaking the law between the hours of 3 and 6 a.m. it becomes an issue that I do not have to get used to and will not.

By law commercial refuse pick up and emptying of dumpsters is to be done after 7 a.m. in the morning. The noise at this time of the morning is terrible especially the slamming of the dumpster back on the ground. Frankly, I was not aware that the law was being broken until some time ago.

I started calling 311 later in the day only to be asked if I knew what company it was breaking the law. I did not; I was half asleep and only saw the back of the truck. I was then told to call 911 the next time it happened. When it happened again and by time I explained to the 911 dispatcher why I was calling of course the truck was on its way.

I understand there have been meetings with the refuse companies and city departments to stop this. It is still happening in my neighborhood and from what I hear and read elsewhere too. Well I have a suggestion; contact the business owners and property management companies who hire the refuse companies and tell them the people who they are paying for this service are breaking the law!

They are paying for the service and should also be accountable. I guarantee that 95 percent of business owners and property management people do not live anywhere near what is going on and possibly do not know it is happening. Maybe all they know is the garbage is gone when they get to work in the morning.

Going a step forward why not give them three chances to stop the refuse companies from emptying the dumpsters during illegal hours and then if it continues, a fine for supporting a company who is breaking the law. Money talks.

Maybe this has been discussed and maybe it is just too simple. Just a thought.

Alice Vaday



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