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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.

JIM February 02, 2013 at 07:08 PM
Ashley, shouldn't this article be titled North Reading Selectmen Reduce Barrel Limit ? Lets give credit where credit is due .
George Simmons February 02, 2013 at 09:31 PM
Joe, I really enjoy your commentary and your smile. Would you be interested in meeting up a for coffe sometime? You have such a great prospective on all the North Reading news.
Meg Hagearty Robertson February 03, 2013 at 12:52 AM
Going back to trash stickers would be over $4-$5.00 per sticker. The .65 cents was underpriced & should have been much more then it was. Even at that price. there were complaints about paying that small fee. The town covered most of the cost of the trash costs at that time. If you want to recycle more & don't have another bin, you can use an old trash barrel & place a sticker or mark it as recycled materials. It does not need to be an 'official' green recycle bin or a special size barrel.
John February 03, 2013 at 05:05 AM
You gotta love Joe, prior to his early retirement he was the face of government telling everyone what and when to do everything as the Head Crossing Guard. Now that he continues to collect his government pension, he spends his time pitting Martins Pond against Turners Farm or his peeps vs the newbies, a/k/a the townies vs the carpetbaggers, a/k/a the Dems vs the Tea party, so Joe (a/k/a the perennial BOS candidate loser), which way do you want it? JoeV. = Hypocritical Fraud.
Stephen Miscowski February 03, 2013 at 01:30 PM
For what we are now paying in realestate tax compared to the wealthy surrounding towns, we should be able to put out a 20 yard trash dumpster for pickup.
Janine Largent February 04, 2013 at 12:02 AM
Seriously, who puts out more than three 30 gallon barrels each week? I would rather not subsidize other people's trash needs. Beyond three barrels I think you should pay for yourself.
Janine Largent February 04, 2013 at 12:12 AM
Hi Gail, I think I read that 36% of registered voters showed up for the school project vote. Shocking? Isn't it?
Janine Largent February 04, 2013 at 12:30 AM
Joe, I do not think that limiting the amount of trash people can put out each week is an overstep of big brother. I have a family of four and I put out less than one barrel each week. Frankly, I was surprised that people were putting out that much trash each week. I would rather see a limit on the amount of barrels than see an increase in fees. Or institute a pay as you go per bag rate. Like Maureen I would like to see a comparison of the amount of total revenue collected with trash fees versus the actual cost for the service, but I do not want to subsidize other people's trash pick up.
Joe Veno February 04, 2013 at 12:45 AM
Ed., Not faulting the Recycling Committe if this is true but if those are the hours it is kind of useless for people who work Mon thru Fri.
Michael L February 04, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Everyone forgets that OUR taxes did and were menat to pay for the trash......along the way our spending incresed more than our taxes so instead of curtailing spending our politicians figured out ways to tax us more by levying fees. Spend what you earn is how I have lived mny life. Unfortunately this town and our BIG government (yes BIG, look at how much govt employemnst has grown versus the polulation and private sector) is out of control.
Jessica February 04, 2013 at 01:19 PM
Our taxes also paid for bussing. They call them 'fees' and people act like they are not being taxed!
pattie d February 04, 2013 at 02:44 PM
I will gladly pay $4.00 per sticker, 1 barrel every other week ( I don't even have a 1/2 of a barrel a week) I will pay$104.00 per year instead of$226.00. then families can put out 2, 3 or 4 barrels per week or recycle more (their choice). I also feel we should stop paying $5.00 per quarter for a fee added on to our water bills?
Jessica February 04, 2013 at 02:48 PM
And before you know it, we will be charged for every bin of recycling we put out.
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 03:59 PM
According to Recycling Committee member Ed McGrath, that is a detail that they are going to have to work out with the DPW. In Reading, bins are numbered, but that is only one suggestion. McGrath is not sure how that is going to work in North Reading yet, but residents will be told before July when that is figured out.
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 04:10 PM
According to Recycling Committee member Ed McGrath, it is possible that the trash fee could go down if the tip fees are avoided, that is a goal of the Recycling Committee. However, the committee is not in charge of setting the trash rate. The cost for recycling should not increase, but it is a possibility based on the contract. Gas prices and other things are taken into account. The scrap metal bin is available to residents during the hours that the DPW is open and it is for metal only.
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 04:11 PM
According to Recycling Committee member Ed McGrath, this new limit will help increase recycling for everyone and the other 10 percent of residents will put out less trash and recycle more.
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 04:14 PM
According to Recycling Committee member Ed McGrath, they know that there will be instances when people have more trash than normal. The committee is working with the DPW to come up with a method to take extra trash if necessary.
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 04:19 PM
According to Recycling Committee member Ed McGrath, in the last three years the town has put out approximately to 5,200 tons. It costs the town approximately $369,200 (that is $71 per ton). The town collects $226 per household.
Nick February 04, 2013 at 04:38 PM
What percent of the town population recycles, on my drive to work I always see the green and blue bins out there. If only 2% of the sample population or 85 households put out more than 3 barrels. They should try to understanding why the 2% households is putting out more trash. Is it simply providing more awareness of the recycling program, do they have large families, just moved into town, etc. If the number of trash barrels is reduced, the trash is going to go somewhere else. In that case, you would expect the trash tax to be reduced too.
Readingite February 04, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Recycling makes money
Readingite February 04, 2013 at 04:43 PM
We don't have numbered bins in reading
Ashley Troutman February 04, 2013 at 04:47 PM
3,800 North Reading homes recycle.
Brandy Penley February 04, 2013 at 05:10 PM
Joe is 100% correct with this issue. what will happen to the bigger families in town with this new trash regulation??? This is going to be more harmful than good.
Brandy Penley February 04, 2013 at 05:12 PM
If no one thinks the trash cost will NOT go up in the future ....you are sadly mistaken.
JIM February 05, 2013 at 12:56 AM
Well then You would think that our trash bills would be going down then eh ?
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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