Delivery of new trash barrels for each household in Hamilton and Wenham is now two weeks away.
Hamilton town officials announced late last week that will be delivered during the week of March 19.
The new barrels are part of that is scheduled to begin on April 2 in Wenham and April 4 in Hamilton. The first week will be an “off” week in Hamilton, meaning there will be recycling and organics collection but there will be no solid waste collection that week unless trash is placed out in a blue bag. Collection in the new black bins will begin the week of April 9.
Trash will be collected weekly in the new barrels in Wenham at no additional charge. Trash will be collected biweekly in Hamilton in the new containers at no additional trash. Trash will not continue to be collected in any other container other than the new barrels after April 2.
Town officials are recommending that residents take their old trash barrels and label it “recyclables” and use it to put recycling curbside.
The new barrels will be delivered fully assembled and have the town seal “hot-stamped” on the side.
The cost of the barrels is being paid over three years with a state grant.
Part of the reason for the new trash barrels is to help reduce the cost of trash collection, according to town officials. A trash truck operated by one person will pick up trash. The operation will also reduce the cost of worker’s compensation costs for Hiltz Disposal, the town’s contractor.
On the “off-week” for trash in Hamilton, trash will be collected only if it is out in an approved blue bag. Bags are available at and Dawson’s Hardware in North Beverly – the cost is $1.75 for a large bag and $1 for a small bag. Extra trash can be put in a bag in both towns in addition to the black barrels.
A flier announcing the delivery of the new barrels and the new trash, recycling and organics collection schedule is also attached to this story as a PDF.