Saturday's Trash Pickup Won't Occur Until Next Saturday

Peters Township is protesting Waste Management's decision.

Peters Township is protesting Waste Management's decision to delay Saturday, Dec. 29's trash pickup until Saturday, Jan. 5.

Waste Management was to pickup residents with a normal Friday pickup on Saturday, but reported that the trash was not picked up because of inclement weather.

"We are protesting this and examining our options. We hope to work out a better solution with Waste Management on this. Peters Township is working with the South Hills Council of Government to resolve this matter," stated township Manager Michael Silvestri.

Residents who were scheduled to have their garbage picked up on Thursday or Friday of last week will have their garbage picked up today, Monday, Dec. 31.

Here is the rest of the trash schedule for Peters Township:
Monday, Dec. 31: (Normal Monday Pickup - No Change)
Tuesday, Jan. 1: NO PICKUP - New Year's Day
Wednesday, Jan. 2: (Streets with Normal Tuesday Pickup)
Thursday, Jan. 3: (Streets with Normal Wednesday Pickup)
Friday, Jan. 4: (Streets with Normal Thursday Pickup)
Saturday, Jan. 5: (Streets with Normal Friday Pickup)

What are your thoughts on the trash pickup situation? Tell us in the comments.

Joseph December 31, 2012 at 07:29 PM
This is nuts. Our checks are made out to Peters Twp. The Township is responsible. I expect my next bill to be reduced for this mess. Trash is blowing all over the neighborhood.
Ted Taylor 4 December 31, 2012 at 07:41 PM
I would agree with Joseph 1000%! By the way...they are going up almost $5.00 a quarter starting tomorrow :-/ (although the quarterly rate of $46.50 has not increased in a little over four years)
Becky Brindle December 31, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Here's another update from Waste Management: "Once the drivers are finished with their Monday routes they will be going to the Friday routes to start cleaning these up. This may take a couple of days depending on their finish times. Each driver is only allowed to work 12 hours per day/60 hours per week by federal law. We will continue to make repeated attempts to complete the Saturday service until all items are off the ground. "
Joseph December 31, 2012 at 08:17 PM
Thanks for the update, Becky. In my opinion, the South Hills Council of Government will do diddlysquat to resolve this issue. Wouldn't it be nice if there were competition for trash service? Now, I can't comment anymore, because the wind is picking up and there are millions of plastic drinking bottles flying up the street! Yikes! Maybe
nancy December 31, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Already had to pay $25 for another garbage can if they don't come soon will have get another one. $50 for unnecessary garbagecans and then have to pay garbage bill. If garbage is put out in bags animals get into them what choice is their
MTM December 31, 2012 at 10:23 PM
This is ludicrous !! Waste Management should be required to do whatever it takes to honor their contract - weekly trash pickup. Be it hiring people with dump trucks etc. to take it back to their facility. Don't want to hear excuses as to the amount of hours allowed to work - if we did not pay a bill no excuses would be accepted and we should not accept this. Especially when there is even more trash because of the holiday. Every resident affected should have a week deducted from their bill.
Harry December 31, 2012 at 10:24 PM
This is not the first time this has happened, nor the first time for broken promises by Waste Mgmt. I have already threghtened to deduct from my bill, but was advised it would not be possible, since we are deemed to pay the bill no matter what. In the past Waste Mgmt had promised out township that a rescheduled pickup would occur, but never did for 2 weeks in a row. We need to get other trash companies to give them competition. We had that happen in other neighborhoods out of state where we resided, and I do not understand why we cannot have it here.
Roger December 31, 2012 at 11:07 PM
MTM - I am doubting that most citizens of Peters know the language in the WM contract. To suggest they have not honored the contract is badly placed judgement. They may have broken the contract, but only those who know the contract can comment. WM most likely did not break their contract since Mr. Silvestri did not include such a statement in his comment. For those disgusted about trash blowing down the street, this tells us that you have not taken necessary steps to secure your trash. Whether WM shows up on the day of pick up, a day late, or three days late, it is YOUR responsibility to manage your trash at the curb, not WM. I have reason to be through residential neighborhoods. What people do with their trash at the curb is ridiculous. Many feel if they get anything within 10 feet of the curb, they have done their job. The drivers are VERY patient with people's stupid practices to satisfy the requirement of "putting out the trash." Each driver typically handles two loads, each 25,000 pounds each. That is 50,000 pounds every day, a full 25 tons. In the Spring, with grass bags, the weight is significantly more. Many homeowners are VERY inconsiderate of doing their part of the trash removal effort. Taking shots about trash blowing down the street falls to you, or your neighbor, not WM. No, I don't work for WM, have no connection. Just stating the factual observations.
Joseph December 31, 2012 at 11:47 PM
i can comment anytime I want. Even if I am not an expert, like you. Screw the driver. Waste Management has to pick up the trash when they agree to pick it up. Hire more staff. If a customer is told they are gonna pick everything up on a Saturday, then it should happen. Do I need to stand out there to make sure the wind does not tip over those green plastic containers? I do not care how busy the driver is. A contract is a contract.
MTM December 31, 2012 at 11:53 PM
First of all Roger, maybe YOU should read a little more carefully! I made no comment of trash blowing down the street! There is no question that SOME people are not very responsible when placing out their trash, I see it a lot. I however do not happen to one of those people! To say my judgment is badly misplaced for suggesting they have not honored their contract and at the same time say they may have broken their contract - is a senseless comment. Mr. Silvestri's comment was only about working with SH council of government to resolve the situation. What I do know is the got the bid to pick up trash weekly, if there was no contract of weekly they would consistently be coming if and when they could make it. Also, residents are not the only culprit of being inconsiderate. I have witnessed the drivers empty the load into the back and because of overfilling trash falls onto the road and they look and just drive off leaving it there.
Roger January 01, 2013 at 11:47 AM
"... Trash is blowing all over the neighborhood. ...." "... because the wind is picking up and there are millions of plastic drinking bottles flying up the street! ,,," Yes, blowing trash was mentioned in the comments. I did read carefully, or would not have made my comment. Thank you MTM for confirming my understanding that you have not read the contract with WM. Also, thank you for confirming my comments about inconsiderate and irresponsible homeowners in overfilling their trash barrels, and yet complain about all the trash not being picked up.
Roger January 01, 2013 at 11:54 AM
You sure can comment at any time, and your comments are subject to evaluation, just as mine. "Screw the driver ..." demonstrates at attitude that is hardly justified. Probably 99% of would not last two hours picking up the trash along the route, and putting it in the bins in the truck. Even if we did last the two hours, our patience would run out after the third hour, patience needed to deal with irresponsible residents. Each day, about 500 stops are made. Every stop is different, some with one small bag, others with five or six barrels, others with no barrels, but debris scattered over a wide area, ... all expected to be picked up by others. No, you do not need to stand at the curb making sure the container doesn't blow over. But, you can take steps to insure it won't blow over, or be positioned in a way that wind will scatter the debris, ... when you take the items to the curb. Many residents merely stack items around a barrel, on top of, or just make stacks on the ground, sometimes at the curb, other times 10 feet from the curb. At each of the 500 stops, the driver will find something different. I would think we are not very far away from standardized barrels, with the requirement that all debris fit into the barrel. Many communities have migrated to this method, so that an arm from the truck will lift the barrel and dump. This means that a driver is no longer scattered items that are just placed near the curb. More staff? Are you willing to pay?
Joseph January 01, 2013 at 12:50 PM
I just want the service i am promised and pay for. If the company can afford to pay people to work 60 hours a week, assuming 20 hours of overtime, then they can hire more staff. I am sure the drivers are kind, gentle, hard working, love children and pets, and so on. I will deal with the Township over this. Writing about it sure vents the frustration, but does nothing to get it fixed. Not that getting the Township to respond on a holiday week will, either. Enjoyed chatting with all of you! Have a safe and healthy new year.
Ted Taylor 4 January 01, 2013 at 01:02 PM
@Joseph - THANK YOU for taking The High-Road in this discussion thread! The Township resumes regular working hours of 830 AM - 430 PM starting tomorrow, Wednesday, January 2, 2013. Happy New Year to you and your family! All The Best to you in 2013! :-)
povl jorgensen January 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I agree with you entirely. If they cannot comply with their contract commitments it is time to revisit the contract and look for alternative providers. I'm thinking about starting a private contract service......
MTM January 01, 2013 at 03:16 PM
Roger, what I said was the drivers wait too long before hitting the button to dump the front of the truck into the back of the truck - overfilling the front. At times when they do trash falls onto the road - they see it and just drive off.
Joseph January 02, 2013 at 05:58 PM
The trash was picked up today. Can't believe it. Thank you, Becky, for writing about it. I think your article did much to get the Township off its thumbs to pressure Waste Management to do its job. Now, the next question is, will they come again this Saturday? Ha ha ha!


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