Bumps on Road to New Trash Rules

Haulers rejected 20 to 30 trash bags on the first day under the new three-bag limit.

Monday marked the start of new trash pick-up rules  — a three-bag limit to promote recycling in Swampscott.

Chairwoman Martha Dansdill surveyed the curbside Monday as she drove Essex, Burrill and Foster Pond areas.

She saw about eight rejections stickers. Most households with rejected bags called Health Office and arranged for a truck to return for the bags.

They also had to buy overthrow stickers.

The return-truck service will be available this week only, she said.

The chairwoman said the committee did a lot of outreach to let people know the new rules were coming.

She thinks compliance will continue to improve in weeks to come.

"We expect some bumps in the road," Dansdill said.

Town Health Director Jeff Vaughan said most people put out an acceptable amount of trash on Monday. 

He estimated 20-30 bags were rejected.

Some whose trash was rejected said they didn't know about the new rules or the size of their barrels, Vaughan said.

Each household is allowed up to three bags or barrels of trash per week, according to the new regulations.

"All trash must be placed in either a 35-gallon barrel or less or a 30-gallon trash bag or less for pick up," the regulation reads.

On July 1, 2012, there will be a two bag or barrel limit.

The committee is promoting recycling for environmental and economic reasons.

The town picks up trash on a designated route Monday through Friday, except when there are holidays.

Mark C. Nemeskal October 28, 2011 at 02:30 AM
It wasn't broke, so why was it fixed? I guess I'll be finding other ways to dispose of my fourth and fifth bags of trash when the need arises. I agree with other posters in hoping for weekly recycling ASAP.
AmyO October 28, 2011 at 11:52 AM
You can still toss it, you just need to pay a little extra for it. Town hall sells $2 stickers. Just buy some to have handy.
AmyO October 28, 2011 at 11:53 AM
You don't need blue bins to recycle. Use any trash barrel. We have so much recycling that we use a large barrel with a recycling sticker on it.
AmyO October 28, 2011 at 11:57 AM
Weekly recycling will be great. In the mean time, fill the trash barrel you're no longer using with recycling. It's just not that complicated. And it was broke. It cost the town too much. Save money. Recycle. Not difficult. Just a change in habits.
concerned October 28, 2011 at 01:27 PM
It was not "Broke"...But recycling since its inception has cost the town money. A time after it had begun, it was reviewed and although the plan ran smoothly, it was at a cost to the town. It was decided to continue with the recycling as it was said...It is the right thing to do. This is plan will cost the town more as the doubling of pick up for weekly recycling will cost twice as much, maybe less if the contract is renegotiated and Swampcott gets a break. But any new cost will more than likely not be covered by any savings from regular hauling. Yes, we all should recycle more...and if you still have trash? You pay a fee. Years ago, in our local government process known as town meeting...the trash fee was eliminated...voted by town meeting members to include all fees into the tax levy. If times have changed to a point where trash has to be discussed again, it should be voted on in an article put before town meeting. By Matt Tempesta / The Daily Item SAUGUS - Monday’s Special Town Meeting voted 37-0 to pass Article 3, which amends the town’s Public Safety bylaw to give Town Meeting authority to approve any trash and recycling policy changes made by the Board of Health.


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