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Noise complaints about early trash collection in Southington

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The collectors are creating such a disruption that they may soon be fined by police. (WFSB) The collectors are creating such a disruption that they may soon be fined by police. (WFSB)
SOUTHINGTON, CT (WFSB) -

Residents of a quiet area in Southington have had their sleep sacrificed due to noisy trash collectors.

The collectors are creating such a disruption that they may soon be fined by police.

 Resident Maggie Stafford has lived in Southington for nearly 50 years.

She said the trucks are upsetting for the kids who live on the street.

"If you have have little kids, like I have a grandson who sleeps over sometimes, and that thing goes beep, it can be frightening to them," said Stafford.

She said that the noise isn't the only problem.

Residents said workers sometimes haul away trash around three in the morning.

"I'm not working anymore! So I'd like to sleep an extra hour or two," said Stafford.

The town has received numerous complaints the past year and held a meeting with the waste companies.

They agreed they would not pick up the garbage before 5 a.m.

However, not everyone is following the rules. 

"So we've sent some letters to the town attorney's office, we've made some calls and we haven't had any return calls or feedback," said Southington Town Councilor Cheryl Lounsbury.

Now the town is going one step further.

The town's ordinance subcommittee has discussed removing a trash hauling exemption. If the change is approved, Southington police will be allowed to ticket and fine garbage haulers operating too early.

"The people that live in a residential zone, next to an industrial or business zone, it won't work," said Lounsbury.

A public hearing will be held at the upcoming town council meeting on September 12th. During the hearing, town councilors could vote on the ordinance.

If approved, it would go into effect within the next 30 days.

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