YORKTOWN, N.Y. – Utility companies and highway crews weren’t the only employees working overtime following Hurricane Sandy.
“Garbage this week was double what we would normally experience because of all the spoiled food and the fact that much trash was waterlogged and therefore heavier,” said Anthony Carbone, general manager of CRP Sanitation.
Carbone said CRP added three trucks with 14 additional men for trash collection, along with two additional men for the recyclable truck and the cardboard pickup truck to clean up the extra debris.
“We needed the extra men because a pail that would normally weighs 40 pounds would weigh as much as 80 pounds with all the waterlogged trash and extra spoiled food,” Carbone said. “Each truck on the road yesterday picked up twice their normally load of and each had to make two trips to the dump.”
As the storm approached Oct. 29, CRP did regular pick up, but Oct. 30, the day of the storm, Yorktown police asked CRP not to put their trucks on the road because of all the downed trees and the necessity for emergency vehicles to be on the road. Carbone said some residents went without pick-up for almost two weeks.
Town Board member Nick Bianco said the extra equipment and employees were used on a volunteer basis by CRP and will not be an added expense for the town.
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