Pay For What You Throw Idea on the Table

Selectmen started talking about the trash pickup proposal last week.


Selectman Barry Greenfield proposes that the town institute a "pay as you go" trash pickup system as a fair solution to the condo trash collection issue.

His proposal, which 130 Massachusetts communities use, would refund the trash pickup costs to town residents and charge them for each bag of trash they put out for collection.

The town would save money, and residents would pay only for the trash they disposed of, Greenfield said.

Selectman Glenn Kessler agreed that the "pay as you go" system may work for Swampscott.

The system would require residents to pay a fixed price for each bag or can of garbage they generate in much the same way they pay for other utilities such as electricity and water service. In most localities, the per-bag or per-container system replaces or reduces flat fees all residents paid garbage haulers directly or through their property taxes.

Proponents say billing by the bag gives a boost to recycling. And they argue the shift of garbage expenses out of the property tax structure promotes fairness. No longer, they say, will small families who produce little garbage underwrite large families who fill several cans a week.

The board agreed to discuss the issue at its next meeting on Jan. 23 and encourage the Board of Health to consider adopting a pay as you go system.

John January 09, 2013 at 02:06 AM
$18.84 / $1000 Tax Rate ... WTH is going on here. When will it all end ? I would love to move, but I cant sell my house with these taxes.
David Arsenault January 09, 2013 at 02:21 AM
I wish the taxes were the only problem, nine families living down here in the hell hole that can never sell their homes because they float the F around 7 months out of the year. Might as well close the street off and make it a duck pond.
David Gustavsen January 09, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I remember when there was an open brook there in 1953. Sounds like they built on the duck pond & didn't tell anyone
David Gustavsen January 09, 2013 at 10:40 PM
If you want this to fly you would have to pull in all the town barrels off the beach, parks & cemetery. Because they are dumping now on a small scale there house trash in the public barrels.
David Arsenault January 09, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Ya, I heard that but this isn't ground water it comes from all the street run off flowing down to one spot from three hills, (flash flooding). Not only were homes built here but the State put a road through the same place but not enough drainage. Southbound side of 1A would work.


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