Licensed Refuse Collectors
Do I need a refuse license?
Who Must Obtain:
No person shall engage in the business of receiving, collecting or transporting residential and/or commercial refuse or recyclable materials in the Town of Greece without first obtaining an annual license to conduct such business. License period runs from August 1 – July 31.
License will be issued by the Town of Greece upon completion of the application process and the payment of fees for such license as established by the Town Board. Nothing herein contained, however, shall be construed to prevent any person from transporting for the purpose of disposal such refuse, bulky refuse, yard waste or recyclable materials as is normally generated by such person on his own premises or in his own business.
Helpful Tips to Avoid Clogged Sanitary Sewer Lines
The Department of Public Works maintains approximately 300 miles of sanitary sewers in the Town of Greece. This work includes routine televising to locate and identify any issues in the sewer pipe, cleaning pipes, repairing breaks and conducting upgrades throughout the system. The Town also provides a service not found in many communities whereby a DPW crew will come to your home to investigate, assess and possibly clear a potential blockage. This saves our residents substantial dollars on plumbing expenses.
Unfortunately, blockages do occur in the system, either in the Town sewer main out by the road, or within the homeowner’s line or lateral that connects to the sewer main. This may happen for a variety of reasons and may result in backups into the home or costly repairs. Residents are encouraged to locate the cleanout caps and backflow preventers (typically found in the basement) to ensure they are properly installed and secure. Often times blockages occur as a result of material flushed down toilets or placed in sink drains or garbage disposals.
The following items cause blockages in or damage to sanitary sewer pipes:
- Baby wipes and “flushable wipes” – these do not biodegrade despite saying so on the packaging
- FOG (Fats, Oils & Grease) – including bacon grease, butter, cooking oil, gravy, mayonnaise, salad dressings, sauces, food scraps, etc.
- Diapers and rags
- Cat litter – flushed in toilet when cleaning litter box
- Paint, paint thinner, or other chemicals.
We are happy to provide you with this useful information. With your help we can ensure the system is functioning properly for the benefit of all our residents here in the Town of Greece.