Jermyn Residents Irked over Trash Ticket Threat

JERMYN, Pa. -- A letter and fine about trash collection left a rotten stench for some folks in Lackawanna County.

Many residents of Jermyn were frustrated when they read the notice about the borough's trash ordinance.

It says trash can't be out of the streets for more than 24 hours and many in town were in violation.

Adam Serafini and many others received some unexpected news when they opened their mailboxes in Jermyn – a sheet of paper saying trash left out for more than 24 hours before pickup is a violation carrying a $300 fine.

"It's baloney," Serafini said. "That's what it is, bull. And everyone that has garbage got one of these in the box."

Trash cans lined many streets in Jermyn.

The president of the borough council says that trash collection are a day late this week because of the Monday holiday. Weeks with a holiday are always pushed back one day

"When we look out the door, we see people who have their garbage out. We automatically put it out. Half of us don't pay attention to what day it is, as far as a holiday goes, there are only so many days a year," said Henry Houser.

Getting the notice in the mail was confusing for some residents, especially ones who thought trash day was on Friday.

"It was frustrating that it was just stuck in my mailbox and there's no cover letter, no nothing about it," said Charles Beth.

The borough council president says that he takes full responsibility for sending the notices to Jermyn residents. After seeing trash lining many of the borough's streets, he wanted to convince people to use "Rapid Cast."

It's an alert system residents can sign up for that would let them know whenever trash collections are delayed.

"I thought this was a great opportunity to try to force that issue and some people have taken exception to that. It was done incorrectly and we shouldn't have put the fine in there," said council president Frank Kulick.

In the end, Kulick says that no one will be fined for leaving their trash out and has announced his resignation because of all the fuss over the notices.

13 comments

  • Dick Goezinya

    I hope anything delivered in their mailboxes had a stamp on it and was delivered by the mailman. If not, whoever placed them (and whoever caused them to be placed) in a residential mailbox has committed a federal crime.
    “The U.S. Postal Service would like to warn people that only authorized U.S. Postal Service delivery personnel are allowed to place items in a mailbox. By law, a mailbox is intended only for receipt of postage-paid U.S. Mail.

    Additionally, the Postal Service has received complaints of flyers without paid postage being placed in mailboxes. Though many may be unaware, it is important to know that this type of activity is illegal by federal law. It may seem to be an easy way to advertise, but only U.S. Mail delivered by authorized personnel may be placed in mailboxes.

    The U.S. Code for crimes and criminal procedure prohibits the placement of unstamped flyers in any mailbox. Title 18, section 1725 states that any person who knowingly deposits “mail-able matter” without postage in an established letter box shall be subject to a fine.

    The Government Accountability Office reports that fines may be as high as $5,000 per occurrence for individuals and $10,000 per occurrence for organizations.

    This law is commonly known as the “mailbox restriction.”

    The restriction also includes anything placed upon, supported by, attached to, hung from, or inserted into a mail receptacle.”

  • jimbrony

    ‘People don’t even know what day of the week it is, and stuff like that there. There’s only so many holidays’… WNEP: Do you seek these people out or do they come to you? Wow…

  • jimbrony

    Borough council makes law. Borough council enforced law. Arrogant, lazy residents think law doesn’t apply to them. Council President loses faith in humanity and says the heck with this. People suck-don’t believe me, try working a retail or service job some time.

    • jimbrony

      Borough council makes law. Borough council enforced law. Arrogant, lazy residents think law doesn’t apply to them. Council President loses faith in humanity and says the heck with this. People suck-don’t believe me, try working a retail or service job some time.

  • Phil Rinella (@462crewchief)

    It says, “Your comment is awaiting moderation.”, but later comments have already been posted. How long does it take to go to Google and see if what I wrote is true?
    “The U.S. Code for crimes and criminal procedure prohibits the placement of unstamped flyers in any mailbox. Title 18, section 1725 states that any person who knowingly deposits “mail-able matter” without postage in an established letter box shall be subject to a fine.”

  • burtfan16

    The council president resigns because of what he did and you give that 1 sentence at the end of the story? Where did you people get your journalism degrees from, Walmart?

  • Patti Lewis Ollendyke

    I don’t see anything wrong with this in the sense that people are IDIOTS if they don’t realize that garbage collectors get holidays off too!!! Put your garbage out on the right day and stop being an idiot. My daughter lives in Forty Fort … if your empty garbage can is not put away from the curb after collection, they come and take it away on you!

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