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City of Tonawanda considers ordinance on dumpster bags

Some City of Tonawanda residents doing home repairs or large clean ups have turned to portable soft-sided "dumpsters in a bag" to replace a traditional dumpster, but Building Inspector Erik Lindhurst said homeowners should not leave the bag for their weekly residential garbage pickup.

Lindhurst said the dumpster bags are sold at retailers for about $29, but are clearly marked with instructions to call a private waste hauler for pick ups, which can cost up to $100.

"We take heavy trash every week, but we don't take construction waste if a permit is issued," said Lindhurst.

Public Works Director Joseph Warthling said city trucks are not equipped to pick up the bag.

City Attorney Ronald Trabucco told the Council to consider adding a rule in the city ordinance that would specifically exclude dumpster bags from regular trash pickups.

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