Residents in Troy complain that trash is piling up

September 18, 2019 11:32 PM

TROY – It’s a problem that residents say has been piling up in the City of Troy for a while. Trash scattered in alleyways and in city streets.

A garbage fee was implemented in 2018 for city residents and many said they want the services to match what they’re paying.  


“I actually love Troy, but sometimes the trash can mess up the landscape just the setting in general,” said resident Aaron Kelley.

Resident Barrett Massey lives in South Troy and walks to and from work every day on Tyler Street. He said the trash has become a real problem and is a safety concern as children walk in that area.

“I found that we've had trouble getting the city to pick up our garbage and even when they do they leave things on the ground,” said Massey. “Or they'll tell us that it's not in appropriate bags, that bags are too heavy. I think it accumulates week to week where we have a problem with smell, animals there was a raccoon running up and down the streets last week.”

The city said the sanitation department does the best it can, working five days a week to pick up trash. The Deputy Director of Public Information for the city said in 2017 the city began outlining steps to establish a stronger municipal solid waste management system. That now includes a $164 garbage fee that was created to help with budget problems in the city. That money goes toward salaries, benefits and day to day operations of the city’s sanitation department. The city said it would like to hire more workers, but they have to work within their means.

While many residents said they don’t have a problem with the garbage fee, they do expect a better service because of what they’re paying.

“People are definitely unhappy about that, the lack of services and increased taxes,” said Massey. “More consistent pick up and without having to complain so that the entire community benefits."


Emily De Vito

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