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SALEM – In the future, garbage trucks in Salem may be limited to daylight pick-up times and need to notify customers of changes to the pick-up date to prevent garbage from lying on curbs for weeks.
At least the members of the city council’s regulatory and ordinance committee discussed it on Tuesday evening to address the recent garbage complaints.
No action was taken, and councilor Cyndi Baronzzi Dickey, who chairs the committee, suggested further investigation and spoke to garbage trucks and other communities about their rules.
“We don’t just want to make rules that we cannot enforce” Said Dickey.
She started the conversation by confirming that the council had decided against a single rubbish removal program last year, but they were still able to review the regulations in force. She said non-collection of rubbish had been a major problem and Aarrow Disposal had announced that COVID-19 issues affected affected collections. Some residents spent weeks not picking up their trash and littered lawns across town.
She said she noticed the dumpsters have since been cleaned up and she hopes the company’s troubles are over.
Dickey said that there are a few things that need to be addressed regarding trash transportation, such as: B. Hours of collection and communication with customers about non-collection or changes to collection dates. She suggested limiting pickup times to 7am to 5pm Monday through Friday to reduce noise at night.
Councilor Jake Gano, also on the committee, said he was all for it and asked about regulations related to noise that might apply.
Dickey said the council had talked about limiting the hours before, but garbage haulage companies argued that not collecting during the day was a safety issue for them as night pickups were preferable due to the lower traffic. She said that they can no longer argue that as they all pick up during the day.
“I don’t want to make it so restrictive that we kick people out” Said Gano.
Councilor Dennis Plegge said his rubbish truck was trying to get into his neighborhood a little earlier than 7 a.m., such as 6 a.m., for traffic-related reasons. Gano said he would be fine if he left earlier and asked if anyone had spoken to the garbage trucks.
Dickey said they knew the meeting was being held but added that there was no need to decide immediately that they could investigate how this would affect garbage trucks.
Another major complaint had to do with the fact that the garbage was no longer there for a long time. Dickey suggested that garbage hauliers need to let customers know if the garbage isn’t being picked up and let them know when to dispose of the garbage if there is a delay. The city ordinance limits the disposal of garbage containers to a maximum of 24 hours.
Council Chairman Tom Baker asked if the hours could be seasonal or if later hours like 6 or 7 p.m. Dickey said 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. was not inappropriate. It is also not inappropriate to let customers know if the garbage is not being picked up on time.
Dickey also said there have been complaints of oil spills on the roads and trucks that are not in good condition, suggesting that truck inspections may be required as part of the registration process. All garbage trucks operating in the city must register with the city.
Sal Salvino city council said Aarrow Disposal had apparently broken the 24-hour rule and asked if the city could notify them. However, the city’s legal director Brooke Zellers stated that the 24-hour rule applies to the resident, not the freight forwarder, and Aarrow has no accountability.
Dickey commented that it is up to the customer to switch garbage trucks if the garbage isn’t picked up and she noticed it was happening. She called it natural consequences.
Gano said it was the free market. People have a choice, he said.
Baker asked if a company could be told not to renew its registration if the city received too many complaints. Zellers liked the idea of something progressive.
Salvino said there has to be a point where accountability comes into play.
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