Editorial: We need an answer on trash pickup

02/02/2011 12:59 PM |

The debate has raged on long enough and now we need an answer.

Is a trash collection firm operating illegally by picking up rubbish from which recyclables have not yet been separated?

We’re talking, of course, about Go-Green Sanitation, which has Town Hall in an uproar over its claim that its customers can pack all their household trash in one 96-gallon container without first separating out cans, glass and plastic containers. The company says it carts the trash to an as-yet unidentified facility licensed by the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

The town argues that state legislation approved over 20 years ago mandated the creation of a local recycling ordinance, which has long been a part of Southold’s town code. Local carters have long complied with the law, town officials say, and Go-Green must, too. The company says it’s only trying to make a living and is doing nothing wrong.

This week, DEC regional director Peter Scully sided with the town. “The town’s reading of state law is correct,” he said. “It’s pretty clear.”

He told The Suffolk Times that general municipal law states that recyclables must be separated from all solid waste — the state’s term for trash — left out for collection.

“The way the Legislature set up the statute, local governments are required to have the law in place, and local governments are responsible for enforcement,” said Mr. Scully.

That being the case, it’s the town’s move.

Stay tuned.

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  • Either:
    1- they are in violation of a STATE law, in which case, tell Peter Scully to let the State of New York pay their own attorneys to enforce their laws. If you put up an illegal structure on the beach the DEC violates you immediately. Let THEM take the next action on this. Town resources and attorneys (our tax dollars) should not be used to enforce state statutes.
    0r 2- They are in violation of a TOWN law, in which case, I invite the town to post the exact text and section of the law right here, for all to see. Then the Town should violate them, and let the courts decide, not the Supervisor, not the town board, and certainly not the newspaper.

  • Exactly what is Mr. Scully “siding” with? Is Go-Green breaking any State Laws or not? They’re not breaking any Town Codes.

  • Or 3- They are in violation of absolutely nothing, which explains why in the numerous weeks Go Green has been operating, neither the state, nor the town, have actually taken any affirmative actions to violate them. Because they are operating legally, and the state knows it, and the town knows it, and they are just playing this drama to the newspaper, but in reality are completely powerless to stop them.
    In short, if they were doing anything illegal, they would have been violated and/or shut down by now.
    The fact that they have not been speaks volumes.

  • “The way the Legislature set up the statute, local governments are required to have the law in place, and local governments are responsible for enforcement,” said Mr. Scully.

    Repeat after me children:
    Unfunded Mandate.

  • Go Green Wash or Go green. The choice is clear. The timing is the only question.

  • I’d like to know exactly how the stuff in the dumpsters behind apartment buildings that is not separated from basic garbage is separated? How and where is this done??? Mr. Bundchuck didn’t answer this specifically in his op/ed…
    Also, I tried to find on the Town’s website, just what plastic “numbers” get recycled. The site is so poorly constructed, that it took about 20 minutes to find the info…
    And the plastic bags are SO flimsy that I have to put another bag inside so I can schlep it out back to where mine gets picked up, without a Hansel & Gretel trail of trash on the way…

    I’m

  • Maybe they didn’t pay their oil and lipa bill

  • Coaches continued to sell gift certificates knowing they were closing ? Some owners they are.

  • Coaches continued to sell gift certificates knowing they were closing ? Some owners they are.