Long-time central New York business Feher Rubbish Removal appears to have vanished without a trace, leaving thousands of customers in central and northern New York with full bins, looking for new haulers.
"Within the past month, our recyclables haven't been picked up at all. We've made numerous calls," said Sara Tuthill, of the Rome Humane Society. "So they're all full, and at this point in time, they're still waiting to be emptied."
A similar situation at Bethany Gardens Skilled Living Facility, in Rome.
"So, 14 years we've been doing business with them. We were definitely surprised," said Facilities Director, Sean Edick. Trash at Bethany Gardens is picked up three times a week. Edick met with Bliss Environmental on Friday to discuss contracting with them.
"The phone calls are up by 300% today, at least," said Travis Bliss, who's been offering business cards to homes and businesses where he sees trash and recyclables piling up.
Feher hauls to Oneida Herkimer Solid Waste Authority. They, too, have received no word from the company of any closure.
"This is really unprecedented. This is a company that's been around for 50 years. We're really not sure what's going on," said Executive Director, William Rabbia.
A sign on Feher's Rt. 5 office, in Schuyler, said, "Open 8-5", but the office was dark and closed at 11am, Friday. All phone numbers, local and 800, came up busy.
The Cicero town supervisor issued a statement Friday, saying he'd learned at 2pm Thursday that the company had halted operations.
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