Just in time for spring cleaning, bulk trash pickups resume in Buffalo next month, but with some changes.
Last winter, Mayor Masiello announced that he planned to suspend heavy trash collection until July 1 to curb massive overtime in the Streets Department.
It might have worked, said Streets Commission Vincent J. LoVallo, but it also would have required city residents to endure unusually unkempt sidewalks throughout most of the spring and early summer months. Masiello instead charged LoVallo with devising something more more palatable that still reduces overtime.
Collection will be scaled back from five to just three weeks in each of the city's nine garbage collection districts this year. Bulk trash pickup will kick off in the Lovejoy District April 17.
The districts are covered on a rotating basis.
Last year, streets crews toured two districts a week. That did a lot to drive up overtime costs, LoVallo said. So this year, they'll do one a week.
That will allow for bulk trash collections to conclude before Friday in each district, giving streets crews time to blitz all the streets in each district with street sweepers and flushers before moving on to the next district the following week, LoVallo added.
"So each district should be seeing a sweeper at least three times or more this year," LoVallo said.
In addition to more frequent street cleanings, the change is expected to cut overtime in the department by about $350,000 this year, LoVallo said.
To compensate for the scaled-back bulk trash collection schedule, city residents who want to haul their junk and yard waste themselves can do so, free of charge, at either of the city's two transfer stations.
The transfer stations, located on Squaw Island on the city's West Side and South Ogden and Dingins streets on the East Side, will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Residents will need to prove they live in the city before they dispose of their trash. For homeowners, resident identification cards will be mailed to them with their May water bills.
Renters will have to show proof of residency, such as a driver's license, utility bill or voter registration card.
Residents will also be allowed to drop off their clean, rimless and unmounted tires April 22, June 24, Aug. 5 and Oct. 7 at the Broadway Garage, 197 Broadway and the city auto pound, 189 Tonawanda St.
Hazardous waste disposal is scheduled for Sept. 16.
Graphic-Buffalo Trash Pickup Schedule