Overflowing trash can in Elmwood Village stirs up garbage debate

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — There are about 60 trash cans throughout Elmwood Village. A Facebook user who recently posted a picture of an overflowing trash can says he asked the business to show some pride and empty the trash can out front of the store, but the store manager said it’s not the their problem.

“Elmwood Village has come a long way it’s the place to be, there’s a lot of foot traffic, it’s beautiful and it’s growing. When you see something like that or graffiti it’s a detriment you want it cleaned up,” said Elmwood Village resident Mark Nowak.

“I notice that a lot,” said Phillip Stevens, who works in Elmwood Village.

The trash cans were installed by the Elmwood Village Association, which partners with the city’s Department of Sanitation to make sure they get emptied at least 3 to 4 times as week. The city tells News 4 it doesn’t own the trash cans, so it’s not solely the city’s responsibility to make sure they are emptied.

“Whenever we install a spin bin, or trash can or a recycling station outside of somebody’s business we have an agreement with that property owner that they’re going to help to maintain it, but that doesn’t mean that they need to empty it all the time. But if it fills up in the meantime we ask them to be neighborly and to help to empty those,” said Carly Battin, Elmwood Village Association Executive Director.

If a property owner or business owner is not complying, the Elmwood Village Association will often remove the trash can and move it to a different place.

“I wouldn’t go into a store that had a lot of trash in front of it so if it was my business and it was a mess i would obviously take care of it,” said Diane Friedlander, Elmwood Village resident.

The city typically picks up trash in Elmwood Village on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Elmwood Village Association also has a full-time employee who picks up trash and cleans up graffiti throughout the summer.

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