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Elmira Code Enforcement Fights Seasonal Rise in Junk Left on Curbs

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-18) - City of Elmira Code Enforcement reminded people Tuesday not to put junk out on the curb. The city does not offer a spring pick-up—and those property owners will be fined. There are programs to help you...
ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM-18) - City of Elmira Code Enforcement reminded people Tuesday not to put junk out on the curb. The city does not offer a spring pick-up—and those property owners will be fined.

City leaders say people in Elmira shouldn't have to look at junk sitting out on their street or in their neighbors’ lawns. All that's allowed by the curb is regular trash pickup, nothing else.

If you are looking for help throwing something out, you have options.

If you want to get rid of junk, the city will let you schedule a pickup of appliances or couches or chairs for $10 (no refrigerators or freezers).
You can also order a dump trunk to fill with yard waste for $30. Call the City Clerk for details on those programs at (607) 737-5673.

“This time of year, people think that the city offers a spring cleanup, but they don't,” said Rocco Picarazzi, City of Elmira Director of Code Enforcement. “So, people will put things out on the curb and it's not allowed, being city property.”

“I need people to stand up and say, ‘that's not acceptable on my street anymore, I'm not going to have it. I'm not going to stand for it, I'm going to call somebody and clean things up,’” said City Council Member Bill McCarthy.

If code enforcement sees junk on your property, you will be cited. If you don't clean it up within 48 hours, the city will do it for you and send you the bill. That runs at $100 or much more.
You can call code enforcement with questions or to report a violation. Call the City Clerk to set up a junk pick up.

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