The City of New Bedford took to Facebook to announce that it was working to suspend trash pickup at the downtown Family Dollar store for “repeated trash violations.”

A photo was posted on the City of New Bedford’s official Facebook page of a large amount of trash on the curb outside the store, located at 771 Purchase Street, overflowing into the roadway. The trash pile appeared to be mostly cardboard boxes and packaging materials.

In the post, it was stated that the City “has begun proceedings to suspend trash pickup services” after “repeated trash violations at the store over the past several years.”

The post offered no further details about the past violations. WBSM News has reached out to the City for a more detailed history of those violations.

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The owners of the property, a family trust in Mattapoisett, were notified today by the City’s Department of Facilities and Fleet Management that it has 14 days to request a hearing to oppose the suspension. According to the post, the property owners are required to hire a private trash hauler during the suspension of its City-provided trash removal services.

The post also mentions that the suspension of trash collection is on a scale. A first-time suspension will be for 30 days, which can progress up to a 365-day suspension.

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