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Multiple days for garbage pickup draw complaints in Hamburg

When friends stop over to Paul McCarthy’s Clarice Drive home, more often than not they will notice garbage cans on the street.

“It’s almost getting laughable with people, like friends who come to my home, and they say ‘Every time I come here there’s garbage cans,’ ” McCarthy told the Hamburg Town Board Monday night.

The problem has been around for years in Hamburg, where each property owner contracts with a private firm to haul solid waste away.

“We have three garbage companies operating on our street,” McCarthy said. “They pick up garbage Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.”

He submitted to the board a petition signed by many of his neighbors on Clarice and Bradley Lane asking the town to set one day when garbage can be picked up on any given street.

Otherwise, he said, “It’s almost half a week that garbage is out on our street.”

He said different companies could still operate in the town, but they could come at different times on the same day.

The issue was addressed 10 years ago, and Hamburg voters decided to keep the current system. A referendum on setting up a garbage district, which would have saved many taxpayers money if the town contracted with a single vendor, was held in 2005. It was rejected by nearly a two-to-one margin.

Councilwoman Cheryl Potter Juda said she has always thought roads in the town receive a beating from multiple companies picking up throughout the town.

“All of these trucks are driving on every single street,” she said, adding she was considering convening a meeting with the solid waste vendors.