Waste Services will pick up garbage in Village of Pelham through Oct. 1


Waste Services Inc. will continue to collect garbage in the Village of Pelham through Oct. 1, following a decision by the Westchester Solid Waste Commission to let the company operate under a suspended license until that date.

The original deadline for Waste Services to cease collection in Pelham was last Thursday, according to a statement last Monday by Pelham Mayor Chance Mullen. However, that was extended so trash and recycling was picked up on Friday.

“The Village of Pelham has been informed that the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission has further extended Waste Services Inc.’s license to operate through Oct. 1,” Mullen wrote in an email statement Friday night. As he has in previous statements, he said, “Residents should know that the village has been working diligently to try to ensure there will be no interruption in service. Given legal sensitivities, we cannot comment further at this time, but more information will be shared when the circumstances permit.”

The saga of Pelham’s troubled garbage contractor began in early August, when the solid waste commission suspended Waster Service’s license. This was a breach of the company’s contract with the Village of Pelham, which, in turn, issued a notice of termination to Waste Services giving the company 30 days from Aug. 1 to cure the breach on or before last Thursday.

On August 5, the solid waste commission said, “The suspension was based on (Waste Services owner Joseph) Spiezio’s conduct surrounding his unjust enrichment and lack of credibility, among other things, which conveys his good character, honesty and integrity. The mandate of the commission is to ensure that only companies and individuals of demonstrated good character, honesty and integrity are issued licenses to operate in the county—and licenses can be suspended if a company no longer meets that standard.”

The statement said the loss of license was based on a decision by state Supreme Court Justice Terry Jane against Spiezio, but didn’t provide details.

Waste Services is suing the solid waste commission in state court over the loss of its license.