IPSWICH — The town will no longer pick up trash or recycling on Little Neck, a move that has taken some unhappy residents by surprise.
Selectmen decided to end the service effective Jan. 1 after voting unanimously last week following a public hearing to adopt a new residential and commercial solid waste and recycling policy.
Little Neck, a 35-acre peninsula at the end of Little Neck Road, is considered private property, run by a condominium association, and is not open to the public.
At the entrance to the peninsula there is a sign that reads: “Private Property. Little Neck residents only.” The signs went up over the summer.
The town does not plow or maintain the streets on Little Neck, according to Town Manager Robin Crosbie.
“Right now we are picking up rubbish on roads where the public can’t travel,” Crosbie said.
But Mark DiSalvo, a member of the Little Neck trustees who said he was unaware of last week’s decision, said Little Neck is “grandfathered” for trash and recycling services. He said agreements with the town date back to the 1980s.
“I am wholly unaware of this misjudgment by the Board of Selectmen and the town,” DiSalvo said. “Little Neck qualifies under existing regulations and bylaws.”
DiSalvo said he spoke with Crosbie and Public Works Director Rick Clarke over the summer, and they indicated the trash and recycling services would continue. There was no notice or indication the services would be ending, he said.
“It is our belief and expectation that curbside trash and recycling is continued to be grandfathered in,” he said.
No one representing Little Neck attended the public hearing.
Clarke could not be reached for comment, but Crosbie said the town has been talking with the Little Neck trustees about the changes since last spring.
“They have been aware that this has been a topic of conversation,” she said at last week’s public hearing. She also said town counsel agrees with the decision to end trash services for Little Neck condominiums as long as similar properties in town are treated the same in the policy.