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Elmira Trash Ordinance

Elmira Trash Ordinance

Elmira (WENY) -- Broken toilets, old furniture and cracked TVs. Those are some of the things neighbors in Elmira are sick of seeing through their front window.

"I think it's rude and disrespectful," said Elmira resident Melissa Pierce. "I mean, pick it up. Don't throw it around."

"They ruin the neighborhood and everything, and it stinks," added Linda Pierce, who also lives downtown.

Leaving junk between sidewalks and the curb is becoming all too common these days, and you could be fined $50 for it. There's always been a trash ordinance in effect, but now city leaders say it's time to enforce it.

"We're trying to clean up the city," said Mayor Sue Skidmore. "This is a consistent, constant problem. We keep talking about it every year, every opportunity, but the message is just not getting out there."

You can't put things like furniture, computer monitors or brush for regular pick-up, but the city only charges $10 to haul it away. Then your neighbors don't have to look at it.

"It drives down property rates on the houses," said neighbor Jamie Phenes. "It drives down getting good people in here that want to change the look of the area. You hear, 'Oh my God, look at the area! Oh it's horrible!' and you don't want that to be something that this area is known for."

People can send in anonymous complaints to code enforcement online or call their local council member. To find out more, go to http://www.cityofelmira.net/.