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Garbage truck noise targeted in Nashville

Nov. 13, 2008 at 2:17 PM

NASHVILLE, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- The sound of garbage trucks being laden with refuse in the middle of the night has become an unacceptable presence in Nashville, some residents say.

Nashville residents such as John Anderson allege garbage workers have not been respecting city noise ordinances regarding residential garbage pickups and routinely do little to mask their noisy presence in area neighborhoods, The (Nashville) Tennessean said Thursday.

"You hear bang, bang. The lid smashes against the side of the dumpster, and the trucks all have bad brakes," Anderson alleges.

Current city ordinances prevent any garbage pickups from occurring before 7 a.m. each day, except on commercial properties.

Metro Councilman Jim Gotto said such open policies regarding commercial pickups should be altered to prevent nearby residents from being disturbed.

"There's absolutely no reason for a trash hauler not to know that they're operating near a residential area," Gotto, who is preparing related legislation to introduce to the city council, told the Tennessean.

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