Are Garbage Trucks Waking You at Night?

Township man complains to commissioners that garbage trucks are visiting his neighborhood in the middle of the night.

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South Whitehall Township officially lowered its residential garbage collection fee from $344 to $280 a year last week, thanks to a new, less expensive contract with its current trash hauler—J.P. Mascaro.

But not everyone in South Whitehall is especially pleased with Mascaro. One homeowner on Emerson Lane in the Cedar Creek Farms development told commissioners last week that he has been woken at 2 a.m. by noisy trucks that can be heard as far as five blocks away.

“They have to come at a normal time and not when people are sleeping,” William Argeros told commissioners. “I dread sleeping tonight.”

Thanks to Mascaro’s visits, his South Whitehall Township home is noisier than his last place in Center City Bethlehem.

Bethlehem has no municipal waste-hauling contract and property owners are required to hire their own trash collector. That means that, conceivably, every night can be a garbage collection night on any city block.

“They should be picking up earlier,” said Township Manager Jon Hammer, who said he would talk to Mascaro about the situation.

“I’m grateful that they are dropping their rates, but I’d pay more if they’d do it right,” Argeros said.

In addition to lowering the overall fees, Mascaro is providing for curbside pickup of grass clippings during mowing season at no extra charge. This year, residents had to buy $3 stickers to have grass clippings collected.

Are garbage trucks collecting trash too late at night and disrupting your sleep? Tell us in the comments.

dengel1345 December 11, 2013 at 07:37 AM
Yes the are showing up between 4/5 am...
dale french December 11, 2013 at 09:32 AM
hello folks they are doing the best they can. not every has banker hours like some of you people. next some one will complain about waking them up during the day do to the noisy trash trks. come on folks the trash company's can't please every one . They are just doing their job.
Barbara Reinhold December 11, 2013 at 09:47 AM
Yes, I have called both the township and Mascaro multiple times in the last several years. I have been told the township contract states the regular trash truck can collect at any hour of the night and the recycling cannot come before 7AM (they have though at times). Out of around 10 places I've lived, this is the first community that I, my spouse, children, and many other residents are forced to deal with a lack of sleep because our township officials failed to negociate a reasonable garbage contract. This lack of sleep translates into a tiring day of mental and physical challenges...staying awake in school, job, driving... imagine a long work commute after the banging concert of trash cans and squeaking trucks at 3AM?
Wallst December 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM
I just wish Mascaro would pay more attention to the maintenance of their trucks. They constantly drop oil and hydraulic fluid all over ther streets and it takes months for is to set in to the asphalt. We spend a small fortune on our lawns, driveway maintenance, etc., only to have this hauler come through and make a mess of our neighborhood roads. Why isn't SWT doing anything about this? There have been multiple calls and complaints.
Barbara Reinhold December 11, 2013 at 12:20 PM
Yes, I agree with Wallst...have also called in (several complaints) about trash cans landing on and killing bushes and flowers...more time and expense to replant (several times) for the homeowners.
Joey ortiz December 11, 2013 at 03:22 PM
I think 4or5 am is a good time!!!
Diane December 11, 2013 at 04:03 PM
Trash collection wakes me up every week. I don't understand why recycling isn't supposed to start until after 7am but trash collection can be at anytime ? Why aren't both restricted to no earlier than 7 ?
Tropelman December 11, 2013 at 10:50 PM
Well I don't think that's good!
Tropelman December 11, 2013 at 10:54 PM
Don't you want to leave a clean world behind for your kids
Jim Whold December 15, 2013 at 01:59 PM
The trucks do make a lot of noise, but let me bring up another issue with the collection system. Sooner or later I'll be buying a new bin. The bins a handled very rough. The bins are picked up with unnecessary force and slung back down with a lot more force. I can see the bin wreaking already. Yes the noise is bothersome but lets take it easy on handling the bins. Another issue is the number of times they pass our house which is four to six times. Once each for recycling and trash bins and again for the other side of the street. Another two trips if someone has a special bin for bush clippings
SWT Resident December 19, 2013 at 09:25 AM
My bedroom in my house sits within 25' of the street where the trucks pass 3 or 4 times picking up trash at 3-4AM on Monday morning. It wakes me at times but I fall back asleep within minutes. Does it bother me? Not in the least. The hauler does a very good job in our neighborhood and I am not aware of anyone that complains. The drivers, when I do see them while they are making their last run-throughs to make sure they got everybody, are always very courteous and wave. I make sure I take care of my route drivers with an Xmas gift every year...and in turn they take care of me. Some of you should try that instead. For those of you that are whining about the times...would you rather be stuck behind possibly multiple trash trucks in a line doing their job while on your way to work....like we are with buses? I don't want to be. Imagine a trash truck picking up trash from Supreme Auto Body to RT 309 at 7:30 AM on Walbert Ave. on a Monday morning. Add that to the buses making multiple stops to pick up students. Is that what you prefer?
Scott Laughton December 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM
school buses and trash trucks during AM rush hour, seems like win win for everyone.


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