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Town-wide trash collector discussed in Van Buren

Van Buren Councilor Mary Frances Sabin made a comment to the board last Tuesday (June 16) regarding town-wide trash collection. Sabin said residents have asked her why the town doesn't contract with one trash hauler rather than having individual residents contract with numerous haulers, resulting in trash trucks traveling the streets every day of the week.

Supervisor Claude Sykes noted the town board has traveled down that road before with little support from the community.

"[Those against the initial proposal] were the only ones who showed up at a public hearing," Sykes said. "Unless the public comes out demanding [a town-contracted trash collector], we're going to wait."

Board members noted if the public was to demand a town-wide trash collector, the town would need to create a trash-collecting district consisting of the entire town.

In addition to trash collection, Sykes said he is in the process of coordinating two designated days of trash pick-up for high-density areas such as Seneca Knolls, Village Green and Harbor Heights. He said Monday would be a definite trash pick-up day, but he hasn't determined the other day yet. He added as trash collectors re-license with the town, the town can then restrict collection to those two days. He noted that while truck traffic will increase on specified collection days, there will be no more garbage truck traffic on off days.

"[Trash collectors] didn't really have an objection when I told them," Sykes said.

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