This new contract is different in that Mascaro will provide two 64-gallon toters to each of 9,640 dwelling units in town. I'm hoping this means we're switching over to automated collection, in which hinged trash cans that are hooked up to the truck and emptied at the push of a button. If the lids are kept closed by the residents, animals can't get in so easily. I hope that means cleaner alleys and streets. If you need extra trash cans, homeowners will need to provide 2 35-gallon containers. It isn't clear if one of the toters is for recycling or not.
|Mascaro let this pile sit for months.|
|Residents use borough receptacles in business districts.|
About 9% of our population are over 65 years old and others have physical disabilities. That's more than 3000 residents who might not be able to handle a 64-gallon can. It would be nice if there was some special provision for them.
A large percentage of our residents live alone and don't produce that much trash. Today's the day I'm supposed to put my trash out. If I can do that in the snow, my little 20 gallon can won't be more than a third full.
|Not picked up for weeks.|
I guess I need to know more about the details, but this seems to me to be a very one-size-fits-all deal. In my other brother's neighborhood in Malvern, trash is automatically weighed and the residents charged accordingly. With an automated system you can do this. It's incentive for people to recycle and compost, and not put everything in the trash. Single residents who don't produce much trash don't end up paying more than their share. Big families and people who trash recyclables pay the brunt, which is how it should be.
Still, Crandall Jones says our trash fees will be coming down and the neighborhoods will look better. I'll believe it when I see it.