Delivery Date Set for New Town-Issued Trash Barrels

The new trash plan is a month away from starting and town officials have set a delivery date for the new trash barrels that will go to every household.

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.

john March 05, 2012 at 12:06 PM
OK, now I just need the instructions on how to eat and breath and I should be all set.
pete March 05, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Why is wenham every week...weekly pickup is more common sense?
Rich March 05, 2012 at 02:01 PM
So this one lone driver is going to get out of his truck at each residence and inspect each container to make sure we're throwing away the right materials in our trash before he dumps into his truck - the truck that he's not suppose to get out of in order to save money and workmens comp claims....how's that gong to work? sure he is...
Bill March 05, 2012 at 03:59 PM
comical - I guess this one driver will get out at every house, put on gloves and sift through the organic waste to see if it is legit. Or he'll just chuck it into the truck so shove anything in there. How long until there is a black market for bags?
Kendra Burke March 05, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Will we also be receiving compost bins? I thought that was part of this new plan as well.
Michelle Bailey March 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Good question. The people in the compost pilot program received a green curb-side bin and a counter-top bin. What is being provided now? Will it arrive at the same time as the trash bin? Who's dropping the bins? Many drive-ways in town may appear to be for one residence, but are actually shared by 2 or more homes.
Robert Gates (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 08:55 PM
More details about the compost/organics collection program and the distribution of bins is attached to this story as a PDF: http://hamilton-wenham.patch.com/articles/delivery-date-set-for-new-trash-barrels#pdf-9210664
Michelle Bailey March 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thanks Mr. Gates. But still one question, the flyer says one official container per eligible property. What makes a property eligible versus ineligible? Aren't these going to be necessary at every property?
Alisa Greco March 05, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Organic Waste bins will be delivered the week of March 12th. A brochure describing the new program in detail will be delivered with each bin. Hiltz, the two towns' Trash Hauler, is providing delivery routes to the supply company. If a household already has a green bin that they purchased previously they will not get another delivered. Two-Family Homes listed in the Assessors Office can receive a 2nd container for free.
Robert Gates (Editor) March 05, 2012 at 09:14 PM
I will check on the definition of an "eligible" property. For one, the 500+ households that already have a bin would presumably not get a new bin. Other than that, I'll get some more details.
Michelle Bailey March 05, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Every residence should be asked if they want a bin. If they have no intention of using, we should not spend taxpayer money to purchase it. If they want a new one, they should get it. Why would the 500+ households not get a new bin? a. Those bins were purchased by the households just as the trash cans we currently use. The town is replacing our privately owned trash bins, why not replace the privately owned compost bins? b. Those bins were part of a pilot program, as such, they were abused in the learning process...before we knew about liners, to watch-out for them at the end of the driveway because they're short and hard to see. Plus they are two years older. c. Some people who initially signed-up for the pilot program dropped out and got rid of their bins. d. Since the bins are being paid for by the taxpayers for all other residence, will current owners be reimbursed for their costs to purchase the bins?
Alisa Greco March 05, 2012 at 11:44 PM
The cost of the barrels is being paid over three years with a state grant. Those residents who participated in the compost program and have a broken barrel may contact their DPW to determine if a replacement is warranted. If you're bin is just dirty, why not try washing it out. There is no need to replace perfectly good, albeit two year old bins, with brand new bins. To do so, would cost the taxpayers.
Jay Burnham March 06, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Thank you Alisa...Regrettably, it seems you had to point out the obvious. We are perfectly happy and satisfied with our original bin which has held up very well and we maintain it ourselves.
Ron Powell March 06, 2012 at 04:26 AM
The delivery date for the trash barrels? I didn't even know they were expecting. Anyone know whether it's a boy or a girl?
Rob March 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
We just received our tiny 35 gallon trash container. All I can say is that I am so disappointed our elected officials chose this route. I'm not apposed to paying my fair share for trash collection. I am apposed to having to use more plastic bags that our local rodents chew up and spread all over the neighborhood. Why wouldn't the larger 50 or 65 gallon containers be chosen (one large container looks more pleasing and easier to use)? The residents of Hamilton & Wenham should have been given an opportunity to vote on this substantial change!
Jim Smith April 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM
@Ron, Our elected officials should be voted out of office or should resign. But their Hubris, arrogance and egos are too big to go away !
Michelle Bailey April 21, 2012 at 07:07 PM
@ Jim, there are two seats up for reelection in May. Only two people stepped forward to run including your current selectman chairperson. Too bad, not one person upset about this trash program agreed to put their energy toward running. When you're upset by "their Hubris" you have no one to blame but yourself.


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