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Garbage Carters Collecting Less Scrap Metal in Smithtown

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio says collection is less than one-third what it used to be, bringing decreased revenue.


Town of Smithtown officials are noticing few and fewer metal home applicances are making their way from the curb to the town recycling center. 

Supervisor Patrick Vecchio said trash collectors are picking up significantly less scrap metal than in previous years. It just doesn't seem as if the same number of washers, dryers, air conditioners, stoves or other metal applicances are finding their way to the town's recycling center. 

"If you put a washing machine out its going to be gone before the town gets to it," Vecchio said. 

Under town code, it's illegal for residents to take scrap metal, or any household items, a homeowner puts out on the curb for trash collectors to pick up. Once it's at the curb, trash and recyclables become Town of Smithtown property, according to Vecchio. 

The supervisor said he's spoken with private scrap metal collection companies asking the town to enact tougher laws against this kind of behavior. 

Smithtown's municipal waste services facility typically collects scrap metal from discarded household items, builds up a pile and then weighs it. Companies than must go through a bidding process to collect the material.

"It’s a sign that metals are going high in prices," Vecchio said. 

In February 2012, the town to collect and destroy used electronic goods. Under the contract, eRevival pays the town 7.8 cents for each pound of scrap metal. The less scrap metal collected, less revenue for the town. 

Smithtown is also involved in legal proceedings against a garbage carter whose employees were allegedly operating a recycling scheme by selling collected paper and cardboard for private profit and shorting the town of more than $200,0000. 

John Valentine, director of public safety, has told Vecchio he's keeping an eye on workers to make sure a similar scheme isn't to blame.

We're curious: Do you put out recyclable metal appliance to the curb for the town to pick up? Or do you cash in by calling a scrap metal company? 

* February 08, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Dave M. February 08, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Today, I saw a Jody Enterprises truck picking up trash on Cambon Place in Nesconset. Why hasn't Smithtown cancelled their contract? Other towns have cancelled their contracts after they were caught stealing recyclables from Smithtown, and yet the actual victim, Smithtown, HASN'T cancelled them? What's behind that???
Argile February 08, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Yes it was because that's who pulls up in front of my house when I leave scrap metal out. Problem?
Mike Perrotta February 10, 2013 at 01:33 PM
me too two guys in a pick-up
josef February 11, 2013 at 10:41 PM
A little history reminder, It was only a few elections ago when most people had jobs and scrap was at an all time low that the town burried everything that came in on the trucks. If you wanted something like a fridge picked up you were on your own, sometimes you had to pay a private guy to haul it. All of the back roads and secluded parks werei dumping grounds because people didn't want to pay dumping fees.You lcould report these dumpings constantly but the town was always "Too busy or not our job".Right now I don't care who picks it up . These people that go around picking up scraps are not getting rich, as far as I'm concerned these people have to make a living too. I don't think that most of us know it but a lot of this "junk" winds up in somebody's kitchen or living room. The town dosen't think like that .


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