From the Sunday FLT:
Feher Rubbish Removal manager explains
what City changes mean to some haulers
To the Editor:
At the City’s May 3 Council meeting the
Amendment to Chapter 300 of the Geneva
Municipal Code-Solid Waste Haulers was adopted.
Chapter 300 had remained unchanged in the City
for over 20 years, but city officials decided that it
was time for certain aspects to change to create a
more environmentally friendly plan and have the
City not appear that every day is trash day. The
original draft of changes was developed over a year
and a half by the Geneva Green Committee and
was championed by Councilor Ken Camera.
The City also recently passed a measure to have
a penalty for anyone leaving a trash or recycling
receptacle out at the curb for over 24
hours. Feher Rubbish is in no way
responsible for this measure and will
not pay any penalty for any customer
for any reason.
Feher Rubbish Removal Inc. is
forced to increase current subscription
rates monthly in order to defray
the costs that we will incur because
of these recent changes. These
changes were not wanted by any of
the haulers that service Geneva, and
several members of the council did
not want the changes. All local
haulers met with Ken Camera and
City Manager Matt Horn and discussed
the amendment’s impact on
the local community but many of the
points that the haulers brought up
fell on deaf ears. Mayor Ron Alcock
was not in favor of any changes and
stated that he did not feel that
changes were necessary.
These are the amendments to
• The cost of a haulers license,
renewed yearly, went from $200 to
$1,000 per year. The number of
haulers allowed to service Geneva
was set at four.
• Each Hauler will be limited to
servicing their customers one day per
week (residential). The Council also
set the days available to service our
residential customers at Monday
through Thursday and Jan. 1, 2019
this will change to Tuesday through
Friday. The collection times were
increased; residential collection times
are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and commercial
times are 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. The times
were increased due to the haulers
being limited to picking up residential
trash only one day per week. This
restriction is not valid for any
haulers that participate in “pay as
you throw” programs, which only one
local hauler does and it is more
expensive than regular monthly service.
• Council decided to uphold one
section of Chapter 300 that was not
strictly followed in the past. All trash
created in Geneva must be disposed
of in the Ontario County Landfill.
This landfill is owned by Casella
Waste and is about 30 percent more
expensive than Seneca Meadows.
• Council also feels that the local
community cannot figure out the difference
between trash and recycling
containers. Therefore, they will spend
money to create thousands of stickers
that must be affixed to your recycling
container that read Recycling Only.
They also will require all haulers to
supply a minimum of one 32-gallon
container, twice the size of the current
recycling bins, that is clearly
marked Recycling Only. These must
be changed out by Dec. 31, 2018.
These toters will cost approximately
• Effective July 3 Feher Rubbish
Removal is changing its recycling
routes to every other week pickup.
We tried to keep this option viable
but the extra cost would have to be
passed on to the customer and we are
trying to keep costs as low as possible
for our customers.
Feher Rubbish will incur costs on
all the above-mentioned amendments
and therefore the customers price
must go up as well. Feher Rubbish
Removal’s prices are still lower or
comparable to any hauler in Geneva
and we appreciate your continued
If you have any questions feel free
to contact our Geneva Office at (315)
or Councilman Ken Camera at (315)
Manager, Feher Rubbish
Where to begin - I signed up for Fehrer because they picked up recycling every week, which meant the custom cabinet in my kitchen for the recycling bin was never too full to put out. Now the new bins will be too large for this spot, and I have to find somewhere else to put my bin, assuming I continue to recycle. Then there's the added costs that Mr. Camera's ideas bring, with no way to measure the potential return. Maybe the next step is an ordinance giving us a color chart of accepted paints for our homes?