May 19, 2011
By Jonathan Barnes
McKeesport's garbage hauler and his attorney went before council recently to talk about why the amount of garbage in the city has increased while its population has decreased.
When the matter surfaced in April, council agreed to investigate after members noted that despite population losses in the city of 19,000, the amount of garbage collected has risen by 2,000 tons in the past year, from about 10,000 to 12,000 tons.
John Linkosky, attorney for the city's hauler, Nick Nickolich of Nickolich Sanitation, noted that his client's contract with the city calls for the company's workers to pick up all refuse that is put out for collection.
The attorney and his client said some large trash bins in the city have been refilled quickly after being emptied by the company, and certain areas of the city have been the site of repeated pickups of water-soaked sofas and other furniture, due partly to quick turnover in rental units.
"It is apparent to me that this city is filled with excess garbage," Mr. Linkosky said. "How many sleeper sofas do you think they put out today? Five."