Bayside Village Board closes waste collection site

Community changes to monthly drop off at Village Hall

Sept. 7, 2012

Bayside - The Bayside Village Board unanimously voted last week to close the yard waste collection site on Fairy Chasm Road and offer one collection day per month for both recycling material and yard waste.

The unmonitored yard waste site, 201 E. Fairy Chasm Road, has been a target of ongoing illegal dumping by both nonresidents and contractors, Village Manager Andy Pederson said. Because of this abuse, the board voted to create a monthly drop off day on the third Tuesday of each month for residents to drop off their yard waste and recycling materials at Village Hall, 9705 Regent Road.

"We're changing the service and we're adding a service," Pederson said.

The transition into closing the current collection site will take a few weeks, as will the start of the monthly collection cycle. The village will let residents know when the transition is complete in its weekly electronic newsletter sent out every Friday.

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The Bayside Police Department has patrolled the dump site over the past couple of years and written citations to people from many of the surrounding North Shore communities, Pederson said. Electronic items, steel, propane tanks, toilets, windows and hazardous materials have been found illegally dumped at the site.

"We know of several contractors who in the last week, who are doing business out of town, brought their brush here and taxpayers have to absorb that cost to move it and grind it," Pederson said.

Resident wants more discussion

Bayside resident Elizabeth Dailey spoke in opposition about the site closure during the public comment portion that followed the unanimous vote.

"I was under the impression that the residents would be able to voice their opinion about this," she said. "I thought we could get a consensus for alternative ideas that would be fair to everybody rather than saying we'll have these set hours because for a few bad people we are punishing everybody."

She said she was hoping to discuss a variety of solutions to solve the issue and did not agree with closing the site altogether.

This was the second village meeting in a row the yard waste collection site was on the agenda.

"This is a very difficult decision because you do have people who use it the right way but you also have people that take advantage of it," Pederson said.

The same problems occurred at the Bayside recycling site that closed two years ago due to illegal dumping. Dangerous items such as syringes were found at the recycling site which led to the closure.

"It's not safe for employees," Pederson said.

The village can also be fined for hazardous materials being dumped at the yard waste site.

Now collecting electronics

Recycling is a central focus for the change in services. The village is now collecting electronic devices including laptops and old cellphones between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at Village Hall. The village will also recycle light bulbs for residents. All other recyclable materials including aluminum, paper and cardboard will be collected on the third Tuesday of each month.

"We are trying to emphasize that we'll have the ability for residents to recycle and it's something the community has expressed an interest in and we want to be responsive to that," Pederson said.

Bayside hosts three cleanup days every year. Last year, Pederson said they collected 180,000 pounds of material. On one cleanup day, 10,000 pounds of electronics were collected.

The next cleanup days is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27 at Village Hall. Three trucks will be on site to collect any and all materials including hazardous chemicals, prescription drugs and garbage.

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