The Town of Smithtown began its new seven year contracts for Residential Solid Waste Collection last Monday, January 4, 2021. The Town, which is divided into twelve collection districts, handles curbside waste pickups, scheduled for either Monday and Thursday or Tuesday and Friday, depending on the district.
“The Town of Smithtown is continuing its commitment to protecting the environment through the use of Compressed Natural Gas residential solid waste collection trucks. These trucks produce 30% less greenhouse gas emissions, 90% less particulate pollution, and are much quieter than diesel trucks. Twenty two new trucks start collections this week and will be used for the next seven years.” - David Barnes, Department of Environment and Waterways Director
The Town of Smithtown has contracted with five carting companies. Of the five companies, two are returning companies and three are new to Smithtown residential waste collection. All Carters are outfitted with new collection trucks, with the exception of Winters Brothers in the Villages of Head of the Harbor and Nissequogue. The fleet is the recognizable white trucks with green lettering, and will again be powered by Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) which is clean burning and quiet. Using CNG trucks as an alternative to diesel helps reduce our dependence on foreign fuel & resources while providing pricing stability, which translates to a lower maintenance cost.
The Carting contracts are for seven years, publicly bid pursuant to general municipal law, and require prevailing wage rates established by New York State Department of Labor.
The continued use of CNG powered trucks is consistent with the Town’s efforts towards a cleaner environment through a clean fleet vehicles plan consisting of alternative energy sources, CNG trucks, hybrid vehicles and 100% electric plug-in vehicles.
For questions regarding solid waste pickup, please contact the Department of Environment and Waterways at (631) 360-7514.