Early Trash Pick-Up Leaves New Haven Residents Sleepless

By Abbey Niezgoda
|  Friday, Sep 13, 2013  |  Updated 10:20 PM EDT
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Early Trash Pick-Up Leaves New Haven Residents Sleepless

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The New Haven city alderman says John’s Refuse and Recycling has been violating a noise ordinance by collecting trash early in the morning.

Noisy trash collection in New Haven has kept residents awake at all hours of the night, and now the waste company has agreed to fix the pick-up problem.

“You’ve heard of sleepless in Seattle, this is sleepless in New Haven,” said Kyle Williams, who has not been able to get a good night’s sleep since he moved into an apartment on Clark Street.

Every morning around 4 a.m., residents awake to the sound of rattling dumpsters being emptied at nearby restaurants. They finally decided enough was enough, and caught it all on camera to make their case against waste collection company John’s Refuse and Recycling.

“It’s garbage, trash, bottles and cans, everything moving around at once,” Williams said. “It’s just unbearable.”

A similar sound is waking up people on Pearl Street too. They all live near dumpsters being emptied out by John’s Refuse and Recycling.

City Alderman Doug Hausladen says the company has been violating a noise ordinance by collecting trash so early in the morning.

“The noise ordinances are very clear,” Hausladen said. “It is 5 a.m. in the downtown and 6 a.m. in the residential areas. You are not allowed to do any trash hauling during those times.”

Hausladen has been in touch with John’s Refuse and Recycling, which agreed to address the issue.

NBC Connecticut reached the company by phone, and the assistant manager says they will move the residential streets to the end of their routes so the noise will no longer come so early.

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