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City of Cortland Common Council Approves New Trash/Recyclables Program


The City of Cortland Common Council met last night and approved a new law on trash collection.

The issue with trash collection led the city this fall to create a Trash and Recycling Ad Hoc Committee to evaluate the City’s solid waste collection procedure. They recommended to the Mayor and the Common Council that a new collection system be implemented to better serve the community as a whole. The City’s current agreement for trash collection was set to expire at the end of the 2022 fiscal year.

The city sent a request for proposal and Blue Moose Sanitation Inc. was awarded on November 1st by the Common Council.

The city’s new trash collection will start on January 1st of 2023. The city will provide two totes, one for trash and one for recyclables. The city asks residents to place totes by 5pm on the day before trash collection and/or before 7am on the day of collection.

Mayor Scott Steve did state that the city will have an FAQ page online. Click here to see that page

“On the website there will be a homepage on top with a link to the most frequently asked questions and answers. In fact, when I got done writing it was three pages long. So there’s quite a few questions and answers that have accumulated the over time.” Steve said during the meeting.

  • Residents do have the option to opt out of the program by emailing trash@Cortland.org.
  • Residents are also welcome to use a private trash hauler if they choose.
  • Residences that are two family or three residences will each receive a trash and recyclables tote.
  • Additional City Tote Roll Out Carts are available for property owners who want or need additional totes beyond those provided may purchase them from the city.
  • The trash collection law also includes penalties and fines for any violations.

The full law can be viewed HERE.

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