Monday, April 1, 2013
This week we're asking our readers about a local issue.
We have received a few emails from residents who wanted to know why their barrels and recycling bins end up strewn about or in the street on trash day. Normally, our weekly You Ask...Patch Answers column is aimed at tracking down the answer to a question submitted by one of our readers - but since this is a question without an easy answer - we're putting it to you. Do you find that your trash barrels and recycling bins end up in disarray on trash day? Do the crews working in your neighborhood do a good job of putting them back on the curb? Let us know in the comments section below.
Friday, February 1, 2013
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…
Friday, January 18, 2013
What do you think about the possible reduction?
In order to save money, eliminate excess waste and increase recycling, the town of North Reading is considering reducing the trash barrel limit. Currently, residents are allowed to put out four 30-gallon barrels each week. The annual fee for that is $226. The projected tipping fee for 2013 is $71 per ton. According to member of the Recycling Committee Ed McGrath, 4,295 homes in North Reading use the municipal trash service. 3,800 homes recycle, but 495 homes do not recycle at all. Here is a breakdown of how many barrels per home are being put out each week: Since 2009, trash generation has not changed much. Take a look at the chart attached to see how trash generation in North Reading has changed since 2006. Paper recycling has been …