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Huntington Notebook: Revised Trash Pickup Policy

Town adds yard waste pickup plan to handle debris from Irene.

Due to ongoing clean up from Hurricane Irene and the Labor Day holiday, the Town of Huntington has revised its waste pickup policy for the coming week.

After negotiating with contracted haulers, yard waste pick up has been added to the schedule.

Residents are instructed to place their yard waste curbside before 6 a.m. on Sept. 6 for pickup during the week. Normal yard waste collection days do not necessarily apply, according to the town.

Piles of debris and large tree limbs will not be collected unless they conform to yard waste standards: limbs less than 6 inches in diameter and 4 feet in length, bundled and tied, or in cans or bags weighing less than 50 pounds.

Trucks from the Highway Department will begin to remove the debris once all roads have been opened to vehicular traffic, according to the town. 

Because of the holiday, residents are reminded that normal collection days have been moved back one day because of Labor Day. There is no trash pick up on Sept. 5.

Changes: 

  • Monday/Thursday trash pick as been rescheduled to Tuesday/Friday.
  • Tuesday/Friday trash pick up has been moved to Wednesday/Saturday.

Additionally, the town is recommending the following arrangements for those still coping with Irene:

If you need a place to hang out without power:

  • e, 790 Park Ave., Huntington.
  • Tri-CYA Headquarters, 809 New York Ave., Huntington Station. Tri-CYA has seven to 10 computers for public use. Those five to 21 years of age are eligible to participate in drop in activities. 
  • , 423 Park Ave., Huntington.

For a warm shower

  • The (you do NOT have to be a member), 60 Main St., Huntington.
  • Village Green Senior Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.

For meals: 

  • Village Green Senior Center, 423 Park Ave., Huntington.

 For help clearing debris from property:

  •  's Project EXCEL matches homeowners with teens who perform chores at a negotiated cost. Call 271-5499

 Important numbers:

  • LIPA Hotline: 1-800-490-0075
  • Huntington Highway Hotline:  499-0444
  • Village Green Senior Center: 351-3253
  • Huntington Town 24/7 Emergency Number: 351-3234
Amy September 04, 2011 at 05:27 PM
There are large branches in front of many homes. Does this mean if they exceed the 6"/4' rule the town won't take them?
JSC September 04, 2011 at 07:50 PM
We were able to put branches in a trash can, kind of long, but not wider than 6", and the guys took it anyway. I think they'll give you some leeway in that regard. The bigger stuff... I'd call the Refuse Dept or Highway Dept and see what they say. Maybe other trucks will be out looking for the larger tree trunk pieces and branches?
Amy September 05, 2011 at 03:30 AM
I'm just worried about the number of "trees" in front of peoples' homes. I think everyone assumes the town will take care of them.
MFS September 05, 2011 at 04:16 AM
DRIVING DOWN HEAVILY TREED AREA OF VILLAGE HILL DRIVE IS A CHALLENGE. YOU DRIVE AROUND LARGE BRANCHES THAT ARE TAKING UP ALMOST A FULL LANE IN THE STREET AND CAN BE VERY DANGEROUS IF A VEHICLE IS COMING IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. THE SAME PROBLEM IS ON THE SIDE STREETS IN THE AREA. I ALSO BELIEVE THAT THESE PEOPLE THINK THE TOWN WILL PICK UP ALL THESE LONG AND FULL BRANCHES. I GUESS IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CHAIN SAW THERE IS NOT MUCH YOU CAN DO YOURSELF TO CLEAN IT ALL UP.
huntington taxpayer September 13, 2011 at 09:58 PM
Poor, poor babies... Towns upstate have been washed away. Just deal with it.
carole September 13, 2011 at 11:45 PM
The Town of Huntington can say that they stepped up yard waste debris pick up, but I can tell you there was no pick up at all last week, and yes, the debris was bagged and placed to curb by Sept. 6th.

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