They are collecting 100% of the payment, and then they're turning around and paying for a service, so I don't think that's a valid argument. If I walk into City Hall and pay my taxes with a credit card, am I also charged the same fee?
DPW does read and respond to issues here, so hopefully the garbage will be removed soon. Thanks for reporting!
Karen, see this issue for the 34 Lynwood address; I added your comment to it.
Adding the following comment from issue # 1407074:
"There is a big couch on the sidewalk in front of 34 Lynwood Place in New Haven illegally dumped in October. I called several times police and finally on November 11, a police officer #204 came to issue a written report: Case # 14-059103. This has been 5 weeks ago but the couch is still there, now pieces of it falling off and making mess. I don't know anymore what to do. When I called the City in October, the person assured me that it will be removed soon. I just called the police several minutes ago and didn't get anywhere. How does the system work? "
I agree; it's a pretty shameful practice. There's no way it's cheaper for them to accept and manually process a paper check than to take in a cash wire payment. The City needs to get rid of this absurd fee that encourages inefficiencies in their processes.
KenCT, you are 100% correct. This issue was also opened to discuss this very problem: https://www.seeclickfix.com/issues/1268223 Good luck with getting the DPW to see the problem and address it, though!
Yes, I was also going to post about this; it's gotten worse! I think at this point it's some sort of sink hole, as they've patched it but the patch keeps falling in farther than before. It's really hazardous!
Electricity is now back on; thanks.
Parking meter is now working.
Be careful what you wish for. The mayor just might decide to add yet another position to the payroll for someone to keep the City's website updated :)
This has been cleaned up; thank you.
If you're putting such personal papers and mail in the bins to start with, I'd say you have bigger problems that can collectors, who couldn't care less about your non-redeemable mail :) Yes it's technically taking away some recycling revenue from the City, but these are generally people who are desperately poor and need every 5 cents they can get their hands on. I let them be; it's the very least you can do. If you don't want to bother getting your deposit back, let them do it. Or put your redeemable items in a separate bag on top of everything else and they won't have to root around; I do this as well. Have a good day.
The City is most definitely NOT saving money by charging for bulk pickups, but the fee is only one of several factors DPW really needs to change. In poorer neighborhoods with highly transient populations, like Fair Haven, many residents don't have cars, so they can't take their items to the dump and they certainly can't drive to DPW just to schedule a bulk pickup appointment; that's just crazy. Heck, I have a car and I can't drive to DPW to schedule a bulk pick-up because they close HOURS before I get home from work! It's a crazy system right now, and DPW certainly spends a lot more time picking up illegally dumped items than they would be if there was an easier system in place. As one example, other towns allow free bulk pickup on designated days and it runs very smoothly; I used to live in a densely populated boro in NJ with this. This dramatically reduces illegally dumped items that have to be picked up on an ad-hoc basis and frees DPW from all those pickups that use so many labor and equipment resources. DPW should really re-think this so-called strategy; it's not working.
Closing this per your request.
Thanks for picking up!
Agree; the property has been secured, the dumped items out front are gone and neighbors are keeping watch. Such an improvement!
I'll gladly come by and pick one up! I've been waiting since mid-May for a trash bin and still don't have one!! Very frustrating!
This has been somewhat cleaned up, but there is still a TV on the curb strip. DPW, will you please pick up?
Still there as of this morning.
Unfortunately they won't pick it up if they can see it; I've had this issue before. My solution was to cut it up into smaller pieces, bag them separately, and into the bin they went. I spaced them out over several pickups they were all taken. Sorry!