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No Black Barrel Pickup Until Next Week in Hamilton

Thursday marks the start of the second "blue bag only" week for trash pickup in Hamilton. Recycling and organics will be picked up but not trash in the "free" town-issued black barrels - that will happen again next week.

Just recycling bins and organics barrels – and not black trash barrels – will be picked up this week in Hamilton.

Hamilton town officials are reminding residents that this week is a “blue bag week" for trash pickup, meaning that residents who want trash picked up . Otherwise, they need to wait until next week to put out the town-issued black barrel.

“They are only going to pick up official blue bags this week,” said Allison Jenkins, administrative assist to the .

Jenkins said workers from Hiltz will leave black barrels at the curb. Workers will look in black barrels and if there in trash in a blue bag inside they will pick it up, but it is recommended that blue bags not be put in the black barrels.

and marked “recycling” will also be picked up, as it is every week.

The new trash program began the week on April 2 and this is just the second week when the black barrels have not been picked up. The first week, on April 4-6, Town Manager Michael Lombardo said there was “some leniency” about whether the black barrels were picked up, even though it was a blue bag only week. Several Patch users reported that they saw Hiltz workers picking up the black barrels that week, but this week, the second time around as a blue bag week, Hamilton officials said that only blue bag will be picked up.

Trash is also delayed a day because of Monday’s Patriots’ Day holiday. Residents who typically get trash picked up on Wednesday will have their trash picked up on Thursday and Thursday is pushed back to Friday and typical Friday pickup will instead happen on Saturday.

John Pappas April 20, 2012 at 10:27 AM
on my way home yesterday, i noticed about 85% of folks had their black barrels out. some thoughts on the first couple weeks: - we use way too many paper towels! terrible and expensive habit. this will change - we may need a second green bin. maybe not if i cut down on paper towels! - glad we have several old barrels for recycling as we have a ton - we are a family with 2 kids under 3 and 2 cats so am generating at least 2 blue bags of trash in the off week. - i am glad i have a dumpster at work!! i commend the town for pushing folks to recycle more & save money yet i can't help but be bothered by the fact that i pay an exorbitant amount of taxes and i do not have weekly trash pickup nor do i have regular access to my dpw yard and leaf pickup/brush drop off is practically non existent.
Concerned April 20, 2012 at 02:43 PM
John you make some very good points but maybe you should move to Wenham. Things seem to be running much smoother over there and I haven't heard any complaints. On that note, why are the two towns on different schedules with regard to pick ups? Isn't it run by the same company?
Michael Maginn April 20, 2012 at 02:49 PM
Time: 6:30 AM Location: End of driveway, Goodhue Street Me: It's black barrel day. Her: No it isn't. It's blue bad day. Me: Oh, I will change it later. Time: 8:00 Location Same Me: There, all trash changed to blue bag, ucky but in compiance Time: 5:30 Location: End of Driveway, blue bag scavenged by crows Me: How come the blue bag wasn't picked up? Her: I dunno. Me: Confusion here.
Steph April 22, 2012 at 08:49 PM
Did that really happen, Michael? Is no one talking to ANYONE about what's supposed to be done? Does the trash company know they're supposed to take the bags? Good grief!
Michael Maginn April 22, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Yes of course it is true. I think the truck must have passed between acts one and two in the scenario above. This will work itself out in time and clear directions from the town. Communications. Big time.

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