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Dispute Causes Garbage To Pile Up In Long Island Town

Town of Southold (Credit: http://southoldtown.northfork.net)

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SOUTHOLD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – A dispute between a Long Island town and a privately-owned refuse carting service over trash bags has prevented the pick up and disposal of residents’ trash for days.

The town of Southold issued an injunction against Go Green, a local garbage company that offers curbside pickup, for failure to comply with a law that requires all trash to be put in special yellow trash bags in order to be processed at the town’s local trash facility, WCBS 880’s Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs with more on the story:

The injunction has prevented the company from picking up trash, leaving residents with accumulated, untreated waste.

Michael, a Southold resident, thinks the town is being too harsh.

“I think it’s a little unfair,” he said. “I also think there’s a lot of senior citizens out here, they don’t have the ability to get their garbage to the dump, so that’s the only curbside pick up available at this point.”

Go Green says it should not have to comply with the law because it does not use the town’s trash facility as a disposal site.

To settle the matter, a court date has been set for Thursday.