BATAVIA – The city will no longer pick up people’s garbage and trash, a longtime service that will end May 31.

Letters have gone to all property owners stating that as of June 1, weekly garbage and recyclable pickups will become their responsibility.

Until now, refuse collection service has been included in local property taxes as a city service.

The letter lists four vendors available to do the work, including Genesee ARC, which held the contract for nearly three decades.

Genesee ARC lost out when the city solicited bids for the first time and later when the City Council dropped refuse collection as a municipal service.

Hundreds of residents lobbied for ARC to continue the service under contract with the city, but the City Council, by a vote of 8-1, ruled against doing so.

That decision reduced the city budget, but the saving will be offset by individuals’ contracts with private vendors.

The city has lost nearly 15 percent of its population in recent years and has dropped two other services: a police dispatch center now operated by the Genesee County Sheriff’s Office and ambulance service that was turned over to Mercy Flight’s new ground response.