Trashing the System; Trash Hauler Cited for Early Pick-ups

By on December 4, 2015

Trash hauler fined for early morning pick-ups

Ephrata Police have cited Joseph A. Colon of Columbia, for violating an Ephrata Borough ordinance for early.

Police cited him for collecting trash at 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday  Dec. 1.DUMPSTER

Ephrata Borough’s ordinance restricts  trash haulers  to begin trash collection before 5 a.m.

Ephrata Police recently received several complaints from citizens in the area of a local restaurants in the 1000 block of South State Street regarding excessive noise due to a local trash company picking up business’ trash prior to 5 a.m. and causing a disturbance.

Ephrata Police reported: A local trash hauler truck being driven by Joseph A. Colon, at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday, engaged in off-loading a business dumpster in the 1000 block of S. State Street prior to when the ordinance allows.

Colon will be sent a summons for the ordinance violation, police said.


  1. Robert Landis

    December 5, 2015 at 4:17 pm

    Trash hauling in “holy” hours of morning , is prohibited . I feel sorry for the garbage hauler , and as a night shift person, I guess I have little understanding for people sleeping through a man working. So the hauler is supposed to wait until 5:00am to start collecting trash, which may keep him from getting done before 6:00pm , which may keep him from attending school meetings, church meetings , other activities which are usually scheduled for evenings. BUT, the people who want to sleep will have their quiet time for that extra half an hour !
    I guess I can understand to a point, and maybe the hauler was warned before, but really , I just turn a fan on and I can sleep through almost anything. I applaud those who are willing to start early to get their days work in, but maybe the hauler can pick up the quieter jobs before 5:00am to keep everyone happy. I know when I was on vacation in Virginia Beach ,I was one who thought the trash haulers were excessively noisy too early and that was dealt with by adjusting the location of the dumpsters ( plus the drivers stopped revving their engines to make the dumpster go up faster).
    I guess I have special admiration for trash haulers because of the weather, stink, and heavy lifting they must do . I would be more inclined to give them a pass for this job restraining ordinance, if they show that they are trying to be as quiet as possible.

    • Robert Wasneuski

      December 16, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Agree 100%…If hauler had not been a problem in past & just trying to get an early start to a long hard day due to short staffing ,weather,illness whatever whats really 30 minutes? a minor inconvenience to a very few but a big help to a lot of others & a service to us all by very hard working people under every circumstance who get no thanks or regognition…A “warning ” if truly needed would have been enough..Personally I would have let it drop.Merry X’mas all

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