11/16/12 11:02am
11/16/2012 11:02 AM

Southold’s 18-year-old garbage plan is staying exactly as it has been since its inception.

The town will not alter its state-approved waste management program which includes the yellow bag requirement for two basic reasons, said Supervisor Scott Russell. The first is it has increased the town’s recycling rate, the supervisor said. The second is the state Department of Environmental Conservation is unlikely to sanction a change.

Mr. Russell’s comments came during a brief public informational session on Southold’s waste disposal system at Town Hall Thursday night.

The meeting took place a week before the end of a 120-day grace period during which carters were exempt from the requirement that customers who leave their trash out for pickup must first place it in town yellow bags.

According to the town, on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, all carters must again follow the yellow bag rule.

The town agreed to the grace period to give it time to reconsider the yellow bag law in light of its litigation against the Southampton-based Go Green Sanitation company, which does not require it customers to use the yellow bags.

A number of Go Green customers have said the company also does not keep recyclable materials such as bottles and cans separate from the trash it collects.

Go Green owner Frank Fisher, who was in attendance at Thursday’s meeting, declined to comment, citing the ongoing litigation.

Only a handful of carters and residents showed up for the meeting, which included a brief Powerpoint presentation by Supervisor Scott Russell, who explained that the town’s bag law has been effective in ensuring that residents recycle their garbage.

Mr. Russell added that, in light of the program’s effectiveness, the state DEC would be unlikely to approve any alternative plan.

Anthony DiVello of Mattituck Sanitation asked the board if the town will enforce the rule, since his company has lost business to Go Green Sanitation.

“We comply with all the rules. We don’t like them either, but we comply,” he said. “We’ve lost a lot of business because of it… How long can this go on before we decide to do the very same thing?”

“Every carter who picks up garbage curbside will have to live by the law as it is drafted,” said Mr. Russell.

11/14/12 10:57am
11/14/2012 10:57 AM

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Southold Town is hosting a public information session tonight (Thursday) to explain its decision to return to enforcing the law requiring all refuse left at the curb for pickup must be in a town yellow bag.

The bag law will go back into effect tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 23, after a 120-day grace period the town instituted during its ongoing legal battle with Go Green Sanitation over Go Green’s insistence that their customers don’t need to use the yellow bags because Go Green takes the garbage out of town.

Supervisor Scott Russell announced last month that the bag law will go back into effect on the 23rd. He said he has been discussing the possibility of not requiring the yellow bags with representatives of the state DEC, who approved the town’s solid waste management plan requiring the yellow bags decades ago.

He said the DEC representatives doubt Southold would receive approval for an alternative waste management plan, since the one requiring the yellow bags has been very successful at ensuring residents recycle.

The information session will be held in the Town Board meeting room starting at 7 p.m.

A DEC representative will be on-hand to explain why Southold’s current solid waste management plan must be enforced.

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