Merchants: new Mystic trash cans overflowing

MYSTIC, Conn. (WTNH) — Merchants in downtown Mystic knew they would benefit from the new streetscape which included new lamp posts, new benches, new sidewalks, and even new trash bins. But those bins are now causing concern.

Judy Hartley, president of Downtown Mystic Merchants says, “It just overflows.”

She says ever since improvements were made trash has been piling up. The new bins are just not big enough to handle the volume. Hartley tells News 8, “They went from ugly 55-gallon drums to these beautiful 35-gallon trash receptacles which is great for looks. They’re beautiful. But they just don’t work because there aren’t enough of them.”

Merchants would like to see the number doubled — one for trash and a second one for recyclables — but the town may not be able afford the added expense after the multi-million dollar streetscape project.

“Some of the merchants actually send some of their help out with bags and gloves to take some out,” says Hartley.

Jeannette Morse of Mystic says, “I think if you have some stinky thing in front of your door that’s not cool.”

The town of Groton has put back some of the larger cans to help handle the trash. News 8 called the public works director to find out if a more permanent solution is in the works. Our call was not returned. The town took over emptying the bins in July. They’re done once a day during the week and twice on Saturday.

Hartley says, “I don’t think it should be the merchants’ responsibility to be cleaning the trash from the trash cans and the street.”

Merchants will be meeting with the town Wednesday morning to talk trash and they’re hoping a solution will be found.

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