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North Reading Trash Program Reduces Barrel Limit

Starting July 1, 2013, the new barrel limit is three 30-gallon barrels.

To save money, eliminate excess waste and increase recycling, the town of North Reading is reducing the trash barrel limit from four barrels to three starting July 1, 2013. The selectmen voted unanimously on the reduction this past Monday night. 

Until July 1, residents are still allowed to put out four 30-gallon barrels each week. However, after July 1, residents will only be able to put out three 30-gallon barrels for pick up. The annual fee for that will remain $226.

According to member of the Recycling Committee Ed McGrath, 90 percent of the 4,295 homes in North Reading that use the municipal trash service are putting out two barrels or less anyway. Eight percent put out three barrels and about two percent are putting out four barrels, he said. 

The Recycling Committee would prefer to reduce the limit to two barrels in July, but most of the selectmen were in favor of phasing in the reduction.

Selectman Joe Foti thought that reducing the limit to two barrels was simply too much for one year.

"It's very difficult to cut it in half in one year," Foti said.

Selectman Bob Mauceri said that he would like to see something in the policy that covers people who have more than two barrels. McGrath said that residents can call the DPW if they have extra trash and let them know. The DPW will make an exception once in a while, but not every week. For example, if a resident has a party once or twice a year and therefore extra trash, the DPW will pick up the extra trash. The DPW is also aware that Christmas and other holidays produce extra trash.

McGrath also noted that there is a scrap metal bin at the DPW for residents to use if necessary and other alternatives to throwing items in the trash. 

The board voted to reduce the barrel limit on July 1, 2013 to three barrels and then to two barrels on July 1, 2014.

Janine Largent February 05, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Brandy, I support transperancy. We pay for JRM to pick up our trash. We need to know exactly what that cost is and compare it to the amount raised through the trash fees. We also need to know how recycling affects the cost. Do we raise revenue through recycling? Then we have to decide how we want to pay for this service. This flat fee means that the homes with less trash are subsidizing those with more trash. Keeping an unlimited number of barrels may mean an increase in fees. We do have to pay our bills. Is it really fair to expect a single older person to pay the trash bill for a family of six? Do you want us to help pay their electric bill too? The most "fair" way would be to have people pay per bag.
Brandy Penley February 05, 2013 at 04:30 AM
I do not think I asked anyone to pay my bills, so please do not put words in my mouth. I am concerned for our town. Opinions vary.....All have this right. Sorry we have different opinions.
Randy Mehann February 05, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Jessica, nobody is telling you how to run your life. I agree that people need to take care of their own homes, but shouldn't the town take care of itself, too?
Randy Mehann February 05, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Brandy, nobody is putting words in your mouth. Janine, was posing a question. She was trying to get a response from you, but you failed to see those little interrogation points after her sentence.
Tony February 12, 2013 at 02:09 AM
I put out easily 2x as much recycling as I do trash. Three 30-gallon barrels? Do the Duggars live in North Reading?

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