RESIDENTIAL REFUSE COLLECTION
The collection of refuse, recycling, and yard waste is not a service provided by the Town of Henrietta. Instead, property owners are required to hire an independent refuse collector that’s licensed to operate in the Town of Henrietta. Currently, there are 7 licensed residential refuse collectors in the Town and as many of you have noticed, due to different collection schedules among these companies, trash and recycling containers can be out in your neighborhood every day of the week. Because of this, a reoccurring request we’ve received from residents has been to coordinate the schedules so that refuse collection in residential neighborhoods would only take place on a few days.
Earlier this year, we invited all of the licensed residential refuse collectors to meet with us here at Town Hall to help us strategize ways to lessen refuse traffic in our residential neighborhoods without causing a hardship to the collectors. All 7 licensed collectors were invited, but only the Town’s 3 biggest refuse collectors, and the newest refuse collector who hadn’t yet established a collection schedule, attended the meetings. In order to minimize changes to the majority of Henrietta residents who have grown accustomed to their pickup day, a suggestion was made for the 3 biggest refuse collectors to maintain their existing schedule – which would result in, at maximum, 3 pickup days in each residential neighborhood – and for the other 4 collectors to modify their schedules to match. We sent each of the 3 biggest refuse collectors a Henrietta street listing and had them indicate which days they were on each street. In order to create a visual representation of the data, the resulting list was then used to generate a color coded map, which you can view pdf here (9.31 MB) .
The Town Board will be holding a public hearing on Wednesday, July 19th at 7:00 p.m. regarding the proposal to establish residential solid waste and recycling collection areas and to designate the days of the week for collection to occur in those areas. We hope that this compromise will be well received as a method to reduce collection days, as requested by residents, while also minimizing changes.