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Trash piling up in neighborhoods in West Haven

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People in one shoreline town are raising quite the stink over their garbage pickup or in this case lack thereof.

West Haven does bulk pickup three times a year, but recently, it turns out in some spots, trash has been piling up for a week.

Furniture, mattresses and other pieces of junk were all piled high and placed along the curb.

"It's pretty embarrassing to have everyone's trash out as you walk by," said Amy Arledge, of West Haven.

Instead of the beach and Long Island Sound, the view from one West Shore neighborhood shows only bulk trash every few feet.

It's actually a citywide problem with West Haven's contracted trash hauler, Trash Master LLC. Though some spots are seeing improvements, Arledge and her neighbors said they were still waiting this morning.

"It just looks really bad, a blight on our town," Arledge said.

Eyewitness News was told the backed up bulk pickup actually affected the regular trash pickup for a couple of days.

Residents from the West Shore neighborhood said trash sat outside in the sun, started to smell and was not a pleasant experience.

As for the bulk items, Eyewitness News was told they've been in that neighborhood for about a week. Neighbors said they're frustrated and they want it out of their neighborhood, and so does the mayor.

"I told them it's not going to be tolerated in West Haven," West Haven's Mayor Ed O'Brien said.

O'Brien said he even has trash outside of his house and the bulk pickup problem is twofold.

"Because it's only three times a year, it's a lot more volume," O'Brien said. "On top of that, a crane at Wheelabrator in Bridgeport, the dump we go to, broke down, so the trucks were waiting three to four hours when they were dropping it off, so everything just snow balled and piled up," he said.

City officials said they have been in constant contact with Trash Master, the company used for pickup.

O'Brien said the company has told him there will be more trucks on the road for the trash pickup.

Also the city is using some of its public works crews to supplement the bulk pickup.

On top of that the mayor says the city might look at going beyond its current three bulk pickup days, in order to lessen the load.

Neighbors said they are just looking forward to finally getting the eyesore out of their area.

"We just had the Fourth of July," Arledge said. "They wanted us to clean up and look good for the people coming from out of town and here we have all this bulk trash laying around."

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