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Southington could crack down on early trash pickups

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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) -

Ticketing trash collectors who haul away garbage too early in the morning is a change town officials in Southington are considering.

They said they received several complaints over the past year and plan to discuss them during a public hearing on Tuesday night.

The way the ordinance stands now, garbage pick up is not supposed to happen before 5 a.m., but some residents say trucks are showing up around 3 a.m.

It's bothering some people who said that is just too early.

Those responsible for collection feel the town shouldn't regulate their hours. Trash haulers said they want to get in and out when the roads are quiet and long before kids are waiting for the school bus.

Tuesday night's meeting is a public hearing, but the council could make a motion to vote on a change that would allow police to ticket those operating before 5 a.m., which is the time upon which waste companies initially agreed.

If the motion passes, the amended ordinance would go into effect within 30 days.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. the Municipal Center on North Main Street.

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