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Massena DPW crews had lighter cleanup load this spring

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MASSENA - The garbage picked up in this year’s spring cleanup was less than in years past, according to Department of Public Works Superintendent Hassan A. Fayad.

The village wrapped up its annual large trash pickup on Thursday. The DPW was able to pick up large trash village wide in eight days instead of the scheduled 10, Mr. Fayad said. Staff had to start a day late because of last Monday’s snowstorm, but was still able to finish a day ahead of schedule.

Mr. Fayad could not explain this year’s lower volumes. He did not have the exact totals of garbage collected available on Thursday afternoon.

“It could have been lighter if we didn’t have the rain,” he said. “We had a lot of wet product out there.”

Any remaining trash not picked up needs to be removed within the next two days by the owner, Mr. Fayad said. Some homeowners put their garbage out after the crews already went by, while others tried to dispose of construction materials and other debris the village refuses to pick up.

“We are not in the market to pick up construction debris,” he said.

There were still some abusing the system this year, Mr. Fayad said. Some property owners brought in garbage from other properties they own outside the village to take advantage of the free service, he said.

The large-trash removal program, completed over a two-week period each spring, costs approximately $60,000 per year, Mr. Fayad previously told the village Board of Trustees. The village pays for the expense through its “refuse fund” generated by garbage user fees. The program causes DPW staff typically on other assignments to be reassigned to the garbage detail for two weeks.

Village officials had debated eliminating the program this year, but ultimately decided to keep it. The board had previously eliminated a similar fall cleanup program.

Code Enforcement Officer Gregory C. Fregoe said he did not have to issue any violations this year. Previously, he had to send notices to homeowners who put their garbage out weeks ahead of time. This year, most did not put out their garbage until the weekend before the collection began.

Mr. Fregoe said it would be difficult to track down those from outside Massena dumping garbage in the village to take advantage of the service.

“How do we catch them? How do we do it?” he asked.

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