Yorktown Supervisor: 'A Few Glitches' Reported with New Garbage Company

Town officials say 'Let's give them a chance.'

It has been two weeks since the new garbage hauler, Competition Carting, took over in Yorktown and there have been a few reported glitches. However, town officials said the majority of residents were not affected.

"There has been a few glitches here and there, but we are working them out," Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace said. "A lot of that is just based upon going from one contract to the other. We've had some complaints, but very few."

Yorktown's Environmental Conservation Department Recycling Coordinator Kim Angliss-Gage said there is a lot to undertake with any transition and the 40-square-mile town is filled with different routes the company has to get familiar with.  

"There was an abundance of paper and recyclables when they started because of the holidays," she said. "I think they were a little surprised at how much there was. It took a little longer [to collect]."

She also speculated about some reasons why garbage might not have been collected on time as some residents had complained. The collection schedule days for kitchen trash and recyclables remain the same, but the time of collection may change, Angliss-Gage said. 

"[Residents] wait until they have their coffee to put out their garbage because they were used to the trucks coming at 8:30 a.m.," she said. 

Therefore, she wants residents to make sure they place their cans and recycling bins at curbside by 6 a.m. – as it has always been the policy – to ensure their garbage is picked up.

Another reason for complaints from residents about their garbage not being picked up could be the result of residents not notifying Competition Carting that they would like to continue with their "driveway service." Through the driveway service residents pay an extra fee not to have to carry their garbage bins to the curbside, yet still have garbage collected.

(If you'd like to arrange that service with Competition Carting call 914-248-1500.)

"The vast majority of residents would even be surprised there is a new garbage company," Angliss-Gage said.

Yorktown Councilman Nick said he received three calls last week with complaints from residents – one call dealt with the resident's recycling not being picked up until later that evening, two calls dealt with garbage not being picked up from a private road. Those issues appear to have been straightened out by now, he said.  

"Let's give them a chance," Bianco said during a meeting last week when a Yorktown resident blasted the new garbage company. 

On Monday, he said one of the major problems has been with garbage pick up from multi-family homes (on Baldwin Road and Lexington Avenue) where Competition Carting had not supplied the homes with large containers – resulting in garbage and recyclables getting mixed in. 

"This is a major one," Bianco said. 

One of those issues on Lexington Avenue had been resolved but as of Monday, the issue on Baldwin Road had yet to be corrected. 

Angliss-Gage said she has been pleased with Competition Carting's office staff who have been very receptive when someone has a question. She said some employees from the town's previous garbage provider were hired by the new garbage hauler. 

Town board members voted unanimously in October 2012 to accept Frontline Waste Management Corp. doing business as Competition Carting's $2.49 million bid, which was the lowest out of four bids that were opened on Oct. 1, 2012. The second lowest bidder for the job at $2.98 million was Yorktown's previous garbage collector CRP Sanitation Inc.

By switching to another garbage collector, Yorktown is saving about $800,000.

An attorney for Yorktown's new garbage hauler reassured the town in December that garbage will be picked up as scheduled starting on Jan. 1, 2013. Competition Carting operates 11 vehicles and has 23 employees (20 of them will work to service and pick up garbage in town), according to officials. 

When reached on Monday, Yorktown resident Brian Amico, who despite some recent management changes at the company continue to continue to oversee the day-to-day operations of Competition Carting, declined to comment.

What has your experience with Competition Carting been like so far?

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Ed Lachterman January 15, 2013 at 01:39 PM
The only difference I see is that the times have changed for pick up and that the new company has a little consideration when putting my cans and recycle bins back down. I often found with the old company that they were just tossed back and the cans would end up rolling into the street.
Sami January 15, 2013 at 02:03 PM
I agree, we havent had any problems with the new company. The pick up times seem to have changed, but not by much. They also havent been tossing our bins, or leaving them in the road (something that would drive me crazy with the old company. Pretty seamless in my neighborhood.
Brenda January 15, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Tops on garbage cans have not been put back on cans like the other garbage company used to do. That's the only difference I see besides the slight time change.
Brenda January 15, 2013 at 02:45 PM
Tops on garbage cans have not been put back on cans like the other garbage company used to do. That's the only difference I see besides the slight time change.
oliverdog January 15, 2013 at 03:47 PM
So far, so good.
Scott Petricig January 15, 2013 at 05:43 PM
My recycling was not picked up the first week, even though I had it out the night before. It was strangely gone the next Monday though, since I left it out. Hope they haven't changed the schedule for picking up recycling..
Pat Gharet January 15, 2013 at 06:01 PM
For the past year (other than December when I received their thoughtful holiday greeting,) the old company failed to put the tops back on the cans. They also made a habit of leaving a bag or two of trash at the bottom of the can. This week all of my trash was taken AND the tops were put back on the cans. I hope the honeymoon doesn't end.
John C January 15, 2013 at 06:57 PM
The new collector has done a great job and I'm sure that will continue. For the amount of money the tax payers are saving this new contract was great for our town. I think at this point it's time to stop analyzing everything that they do and leave the owner alone to conduct his business... Just a thought.
Ed Lachterman January 15, 2013 at 10:09 PM
@ gladys - try talking to your neighbors and maybe it could be resolved. It sounds more like someone needs to be considerate to their community rather than an issue for the Town to deal with. You may find out that they no longer have tops as I had to replace a few over the years with the old company. Not sure if they threw them out of if they just got blown away on windy days, but it was a pet peeve of mine that they just threw them where ever.
James Bankhart January 16, 2013 at 02:48 AM
I put my cans out when I leave for work and they are empty when we come back home. I may be missing something here
Ed Lachterman January 16, 2013 at 03:09 AM
@James, agreed. @Gladys, no need to attack, not a criticism, just a suggestion. You said several, not over a dozen so i guess it goes back to how important it its for you. I just don't know if out is a code on the books, so if they don't have a code their can be no enforcement. If no code, you can go to a board meeting and petition the board to look at it.
danfmets January 16, 2013 at 04:36 AM
Yorktown is becoming crazier every day. Does anyone understand the monumental task to make a change like this? Its has been incredibly seemless except for a few bumps in the road. Give the new company time to work the kinks out and lets evaluate them in 3 months. Its cold and windy lids fall off and empty pails blow over. Do people really need to call Nick (take no sides) Bianco to tell them there Garbage was not picked up. Laugh out loud funny. What a town !!!!
Ed Lachterman January 17, 2013 at 01:43 AM
That is why you need to take an active part in government and town board meetings. To turn the table on your question about what you have done, how do you know that I am not an expert in civil government or quality of life issues? One thing I do consider myself an expert on is people, and when you react with such negativity as you did to my two posts, It does not really matter what you have done in the past. If your approach was the same, you were destined to get no results. Instead of being so confrontational, you had an opportunity and a forum to gain allies in your cause. It is one that you have thrown away. Since you do not say what you have done in either of your posts, I really cannot know how far you have gone with this, but If it is an important issue to you, you should be able to try to correct it until you get your desired results OR are just plain told that it is not going to happen. If you are not happy with the town board, there is always the right to vote and you can try to make a difference with your vote - not a "suggestion from" me, just stating a fact. Regardless of your rudeness, I do wish you luck in solving your problems.
Bob Rohr January 17, 2013 at 02:08 AM
I am not sure about a weak Town Board. To be honest if I did not read about the change I never would have known there was a change at all. I find an $800K savings to the taxpayer with no reduction in services to be smart. I do not understand the negativity.
Ed Lachterman January 17, 2013 at 03:15 AM
Excellent Point! I actually know all of the board members personally and I would say it is stronger than weaker and under the new leadership it is really moving in the right direction. Unfortunately some use this as a forum to unload on personal issues wether or not they are pertinent to the thread. I think John C and danfmets bring up excellent points as well. It is two weeks into the Garbage Contract change and I would say they are well ahead of the curve and I am sure they will work out the couple of hiccups they have had while we save $800,000 as a town.
Bill January 21, 2013 at 03:17 AM
I always figured that was because I hadn't given them a holiday gift. Other people had their stuff put back neatly.
Bill January 21, 2013 at 03:19 AM
You're lucky. My wife said that this week our trash container was in the driveway and the covers were in the snow. The other company used to leave the container in the street with the top inside.
Bill January 21, 2013 at 03:20 AM
The weak thing would have been to stay with the old company and not try to save some money for taxpayers.
Bill February 21, 2013 at 08:59 PM
So I had been a supporter of the new company, until today. I just got a call from my wife saying that she found our garbage can on my neighbor's lawn, and the top is missing. This was a brand new garbage can which is now useless. Thanks alot!


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