Rats beware: Village of Hamburg crews started delivering garbage and recycling totes this week.
Residents can start using the totes as soon as they receive them, and once all the totes are delivered, the village will only pick up refuse and recyclables that are in the village totes.
Village officials said the experience of other communities that have gotten totes is that there may be more rat sightings in the beginning, as the rodents look for food. But once the source of food dries up, the rats move on.
Totes with green lids are for refuse, and the totes with yellow lids are to be used for recycling. The village plans to deliver all the totes by Sept. 9, Village Administrator Donald Witkowski said.
Each property is receiving a 95-gallon garbage tote and a 65-gallon recycling tote. The total cost for both is about $100, but the village has applied for a grant that would partially fund the program and reduce the cost to about $80 per set. Property owners will see a fee on next year’s tax bills for the totes.
Each tote will contain an inventory number to assist the Public Works Department in keeping track of them. The totes are to remain at the property address to which they were delivered, and owners are encouraged to write their addresses on the totes.
The village code requires all refuse to be contained in the totes with the lid closed at all times. They are to be stored within a structure or building, or behind the front setback line of the building. Old garbage cans or green recycling bins can be used for yard waste.