So What Happened With Garbage Pick-Up in Pittsfield?
No matter where you looked on social media yesterday there were a lot of folks who were not very happy with the garbage pick-up situation, and here is why.
Tough new enforcement measures that left some residents' trash uncollected and tagged with violation stickers stemmed from a miscommunication between the city's trash hauler and a commission working to improve curbside collection.
Officials in Pittsfield are saying it was all a big misunderstanding.
For now, the mayor told The Eagle on Tuesday,
Republic Services will dump a series of soft-enforcement practices and resume its normal pickup. At no point did I approve any type of soft enforcement," Tyer said. "People have known me for a long time. Not communicating to the public ahead of time is not my style."
Tyer's comments came after people in the community got upset and mad about the new enforcement practices, in which Republic crews began to "sticker" trash and recycling that was in violation of the city's trash ordinance.
All you had to do was go on facebook to see Irate residents rallying against City Hall, tossing out curses, calling out officials for failing to communicate to taxpayers and theorizing about what to do with uncollected trash.
Compounding confusion within the community was the fact that several neighborhoods didn't receive pickup services Monday. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Republic Services said Tuesday that the delay was caused by high volume, and had nothing to do with new enforcement measures.
The Mayor of Pittsfield said the company will keep one of the new guidelines: no more 96-gallon containers. That being said she said, she asked the hauler to hold off on making changes until the city is able to overhaul its solid waste ordinance in its entirety.
The Ordinances and Rules Committee of the City Council is doing that work, and the Resource Recovery Commission is looking at ways to improve the city's recycling program.
Residents seeking recycling bins can pick them up for free in the city clerk's office or in city offices at 100 North St., Floor M. Residents still seeking further clarification can view a "frequently asked questions" sheet on the city website.