After seeing the need, the city of Erie comes up with new large-item trash pick-up program

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Many city residents must hold on to large items for a year, or come out of pocket to have it taken away. 

The good news is that if you haven’t finished your spring cleaning during April, you’ll have three more months to set out large items.

Erie residents are used to being permitted to set out one large item of trash each week during the month of April, but what happens when you have more items?  Some people have been taxing the program, inundating it with large loads. 

The city of Erie is testing out the Bulky Item Pick-up Program, which begins this Sunday night and will run through August.  This is how it works:

  • Residents must call the city and schedule a pick-up within at least 72 hours ahead of intended collection.
  • The items will only be picked up on the night of normal trash collection.
  • You’ll be able to set out one to three items depending on size of objects.
  • There also will be no vehicle parts, electronics, or large appliances.

So, what repercussions should people expect if they don’t follow the rules? Andy Zimmerman, Code Enforcement Manager, says, “If they don’t then we can file charges, take them in front of a district justice. We can go that route. We can send Parks. They’ll clean it up and we can (put a) lien on their property.”

The pilot program is just three months, but city officials hope they can eventually grow it further.

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