New Bedford in dispute with trash recycling company

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NEW BEDFORD, Mass (WPRI) — The city of New Bedford is currently in a dispute with its trash pickup company for allegedly refusing to collect some recycling bins, if residents put non-recyclable products in them.

On Friday, city officials wrote a letter to ABC Disposal, putting the company on notice that its allegedly violating its contract to collect residents’ trash and recycling.

“ABC has unfairly targeted New Bedford residents and improperly rejected many recycling bins that should have been collected,” Mayor Jon Mitchell said in a statement. “Diligent residents have correctly sorted their recycling and still found their recycling rejected, and that is simply unacceptable.”

According to ABC’s attorney, George Leontire, the company has offered to have city inspectors ride along and examine the carts with ABC employees.

“That offer is still open but the Mayor’s history of dealing with these issues is to just complain and threaten rather then to find solutions.” Leontire said.

ABC Disposal is defending its actions.

“My client has been abiding by the contract and collecting recyclables for almost a year since the crises began. We are proceeding to resolve this matter in the courts. Even now with the rejection policy ABC is collecting 80% of the residents recyclable carts. Hopefully, that number will continue to increase as residents recognize they must adhere to the requirements.” Leontire said. 

The city of New Bedford is investigating whether the company is targeted residents and is considering taking legal action.

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