Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A PMUA Dilemma

On my way to the Memorial Day ceremony, I smelled something really bad. A glance down the driveway behind a large apartment building revealed this sight.

Given the PMUA rules on trash overflow, it would seem the property owner is in for a slew of fines. But I saw more examples of this excess trash in my short walk, making me wonder who really owns the problem. Is it the tenant, who at month's end is preparing for a move? Is it related to the holiday weekend? When and how often is this problem repeated? Is a larger receptacle in order?

At a recent meeting, PMUA representatives advised residents that they should hold excess trash somewhere until the next pickup date. But isn't trash in a garage or basement an invitation to vermin?

For many years, despite press notices of suspended PMUA pickup on holidays, the big trucks would rumble up our driveway anyway. We wondered whether PMUA staff got double time or triple time pay for these holiday pickups. Now the pendulum has swung to cracking down on residents who can't stuff everything into the receptacle on a long weekend.

At the May 12 meeting, one resident joked that when presented with a photo of a trash overload, the property owner should mail PMUA a photo of a $50 bill to pay the fine. It got a laugh, but the problem remains.

Phew! Just now a PMUA truck pulled up , wafting a mighty stink into my window. Maybe citizens should mount a revolt to make sure PMUA washes down its trucks in summer.

All these aspects of waste flow and disposal seem to be unresolved even as PMUA touts a proposal to cut back pickups in winter. That might help PMUA's cash flow, but what about the annual winter holiday trash overflow?

The City Council expects to go over PMUA issues at a special meeting at 8 p.m. on July 27 in Municipal Court. Get your questions ready.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

That photo just shows the property having a dempster that is too small for the site. A larger container is a must. I actually sat down and looked at my bill and I pay more for my home garbage pick up than I do for my business. Who is PMUA kidding with these rates? We should not have to jump through hoops just to change service. As long as my garbage is being picked up and properly disposed of and is not dumped in a city lot, it should not matter.

2:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you call PMUA's offices they will tell you that their rates are competitive. Plainfielders get a bargain. Besides, no other town is as clean as Plainfield

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thats funny...$63.00 per month for residential garbage pick up is not competitive. Are they comparing it to someone coming in from out of state to pick it up? The going rate for residential service, even in Union County is only $30.00 or less per month.

5:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Read the press releases when the PMUA was proposed. They were to have SWAT teams to clean up those type of sites. Now you are punished if you put out trash.

6:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Ledger just ran a story on the PMUA charges for the return of carts. Is this legal?

9:07 PM  

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