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New Organics Containers to be Delivered This Week

The new 13-gallon organics collection bins will be delivered to every household in Hamilton and Wenham this week.

The first of two new containers will be delivered to each home this week, three weeks before the start of the new trash and recycling program.

Officials in Hamilton and Wenham both distributed notices last week, announcing the delivery of new 13 gallon organics collection bins and countertop bins. Wenham Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren made a Connect-CTY call to residents on Friday.

“Within the kitchen collection container there will be flyers with additional information on the new organic waste program,” Chelgren said in his message.

The information in the flyers can also be found online.

Already, and had purchased one of the green containers. Those homes will not receive a new container, according to town officials.

Previously, .

The new trash collection plan is scheduled to kick off during the first week of April. In Wenham, trash, recyclables and organics will be collected every week, while in Hamilton organics and recyclables will be collected weekly but trash will be collected every other week at no additional charge, and only paid blue bags can be placed curbside on the “off” week. A complete schedule has been posted to the town of Hamilton website and will be distributed with the new bins.

Wenham residents will also be allowed to drop off “old and unwanted trash barrels” at the town garage at the Iron Rail property on Grapevine Road. The barrels can be dropped off at any time in front of the garage, according to an announcement from Debi Morong, administrative assistant to the and Water departments.

Michelle Bailey March 12, 2012 at 11:08 PM
The organic waste disposal is not free...you're still paying $40 to the Britton's at Brick End Farms to take the organic waste instead of the 50% higher tipping fee for town-wide trash.
Jay Burnham March 13, 2012 at 10:25 AM
As I noted before, those opting out of the organic recycling program will be deliberately adding to the cost of waste disposal for the rest of us. The organic waste we put out costs $40/ton and is RECYCLED. The ordinary trash we put out costs $70/ton and is BURNED. No one has claimed organic recycling is free...only that it is less expensive and more responsible.
john March 13, 2012 at 11:24 AM
How would they be adding to the cost if the cost is covered by the purchase of the bags?
Bill Bowler March 13, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Jay, spare us the guilt trip. The difference in tipping fees is more than offset by having to run extra trucks. This program is not about saving money - we are now down by the proponents best estimate to $14k/year at great inconvenience to the citizenry - it is about PR and feel good. Yes, the trash is BURNED; it is turned into ELECTRICITY; which powers your COMPUTER.
Michelle Bailey March 13, 2012 at 01:37 PM
Those opting out of the CURBSIDE composting, may do so because they do-it-themselves in their own backyards. Just think, they're saving the cost of the tipping fee too...be sure to thank them! If we all did that, we could save the cost of collection, too.
Jay Burnham March 13, 2012 at 08:35 PM
Bill...My computer is solar powered. ;-)
Hamiltonite March 16, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Here, here Bill....couldn't agree w/you more. It's a classic boondoggle that will, in the end, save the taxpayers nothing.
Jay Burnham March 16, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Hamiltonite....Just curious...is that your first name, or your last name? I thought The Patch had a "real name" policy in effect so that readers could reasonably assess the credibility of commenters?
Michelle Bailey March 16, 2012 at 10:58 PM
From the Patch terms of use: "Patch believes in transparency, and we ask that all your registration information be truthful. You may not use any aliases or other means to mask your true identity." However, I'm not sure knowing someone's "true identity" would allow you to assess their credibility. All opinions are credible...some are based on accurate facts and others are not.
Jay Burnham March 17, 2012 at 10:37 AM
john...it would add to the cost when those residents put their organic waste (heavy) into the barrels along with their regular trash.
Jay Burnham March 17, 2012 at 10:41 AM
okay...if not their credibility, perhaps their agenda...which in turn can weigh on their credibility.
Robert G Preston March 17, 2012 at 12:49 PM
All personal carping aside we have two new organic waste barrels sitting at the end of our shared driveway. These would represent the two families who already have barrels. What would the town have us do to get these two new unused barrels back to the town for someone else to use? Robert
Hamiltonite March 17, 2012 at 01:28 PM
"You may continue to place trash curbside for pick up every week. However, every other week our hauler will only pick up trash placed curbside in the Town official bags.", from Hamilton Town website - - - SO, LET ME GET THIS STRAIGHT, ON THE PAID BAG WEEKS, INSTEAD OF THE AUTOMATED TRUCK USED TO PICK-UP THE NEW SOLID WASTE BARRELS, THE CONTRACTOR REVERTS BACK TO THE NON-AUTOMATED, MANUAL (READ: ADDITIONAL LABORER) PICK-UP EXACTLY THE SAME AS HOW SOLID WASTE IS BEING PICKED UP NOW BEFORE THE APRIL CONVERSION. IN OTHER WORDS, TAXPAYERS IN HAMILTON WHO WANT TO PUT TRASH OUT WEEKLY WILL HAVE TO BUY THE BAGS AND THE CONTRACTOR WILL REVERT TO THE OLD PICK-UP MEANS WITH AN EXTRA LABORER AND THE NON-AUTOMATED TRUCK USING THE NEW SOLID WASTE CONTAINERS. WHO BENEFITS FROM THIS OTHER THAN THE CONTRACTOR??? TAXPAYERS LOSE AGAIN. (PERHAPS THE 14-PAGE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO TRASH COLLECTION IN HAMILTON, MA, USA, SHOULD BE UPDATED AND RE-SENT TO ALL RESIDENTS TO CLARIFY THIS POINT. (THEN WE COULD RECYCYLE THE ORIGINAL GUIDELINES IN OUR OLD CONTAINERS WITH THE RECYCLING STICKERS ON THEM PUT OUT WEEKLY NEXT TO OUR NEW SOLID WASTE CONTAINERS AND ORGANICS CONTAINERS (BIG & SMALL), UNLESS IT IS IN OFF WEEK IN WHICH CASE YOU'D USE YOUR BLUE BAG (BIG OR SMALL). HOPE THAT IS HELPFUL TO ALL!!!! THANK YOU. just trying to be a helpful Patcher - no other agenda
Jay Burnham March 18, 2012 at 10:37 AM
Dear "Hamiltonite"...You are indeed a helpful Patcher. Now please step up and be a responsible Patcher by adhering to the Patch's Terms of Use and use your real name. If, as you claim, you have "no other agenda", why the mask of anonymity?
Steph March 18, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Never mind who Hamiltonite is... What do you think about his point?
Jay Burnham March 18, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Never mind who he/she is? Why in the world would you expect someone to comment on a point of view expressed anonymously by someone unwilling to OWN his/her opinion and thereby accept responsibility for that opinion? There are better ways to waste one's time.. Everyone go outside and play!
Steph March 19, 2012 at 09:27 AM
Oh, I don't know. We vote anonymously, don't we? And it's a small town with long memories, and you like to call out people by name that you disagree with. But beyond that, I notice that when someone says something you can't easily argue against or ridicule, you start with the "I'm not going to talk to you anymore, you won't tell me your name" stuff. So, forget who he is and address the issue, please, Jay. What do you think about what he said?
Jay Burnham March 19, 2012 at 10:14 AM
The last time I attended Town Meeting we did not vote anonymously, and more to the point...we did not debate anonymously. I'd like to see the same rules applied here on the Patch, which, by the way, IS their policy. But "beyond that", I have expressed my opinion on the trash program numerous times here on the Patch for you and anyone else to see. So once more, I will state that I support the new SMART trash program. And since you asked.... In respect to what "Hamiltonite" said above, I feel it is very clear (as evidenced by the capitalization of the body of the comment) that this person is very angry and sardonic and is "talking trash" about a program that he/she has not even tested yet. Now, about that real name policy...
Steph March 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Forgive me, Jay, I meant regular government voting, not Town Meeting. And he was talking about the expense of having to pay for the old way of picking up the trash on off-weeks. Not the new automated system with the new cans and one guy. What is your take on that expense? I happen to think it would make more sense for weekly trash pickup with the one guy/new bin than to have them use a different (more expensive for labor?) system on off-weeks.
Hamiltonite March 19, 2012 at 12:35 PM
oh, to be so perfect...
Jay Burnham March 19, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Oh, to be able to hide behind a wall of anonymity casting aspersions and diatribe without fear of exposure. http://northshoreliving.blogspot.com/2010/05/anonymity-breeds-anomosity.html
Jay Burnham March 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Steph...The added expense of "off weeks" will be the result of those who put out a blue bag. But not everyone will, so the time and tipping fees on those weeks should be much less. And as Bill Bowler has stated, that extra cost will likely be absorbed by the revenue from the sale of the blue bags. Once the program is up and running for awhile, we will see how many residents actually have to use the blue bags.
Erica Giovannucci March 19, 2012 at 07:44 PM
Curious? Can we put the green bins out this week? Or not until the April start date?
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 08:05 PM
Residents who received the containers for the 1st time this week can not begin using them until the 1st week of April.
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Hamiltonite, I am happy to inform you, the new contract with Hiltz Waste Disposal with the implementation of the new program (and non-automated pick up every other week) is less than our previous contract. Unfortunately, our trash hauler has found in the communities they service when the official bags are placed within a container they have a large number of non official bags comingled with the official bags.
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Mr. Preston, The company that delivered the organic waste containers gave me a delivery report for all of the delivered bins. Street address, time of delivery, refused delivery, etc. Unfortunately, the report states no containers were delivered to your address. If you or any resident received a container in error, you make bring it to Town Hall or contact the Department of Public Works and request for it to be picked up. Please let me know if you have additional questions or concerns.
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 08:59 PM
The organic waste program was started as a volunteer only program to see if the program would work. Thankfully, the program was successful and the Town has found a way to save tax dollars and help preserve the environment. Participants who voluntarily signed up for the program were not issued a 2nd identical bin with the roll out of this next phase. Through the pilot program it was determined that the majority of a households organic waste could be contained within the 13 gallon cart. If a current participant has a non working container, please bring that to Town Hall. We will replace the container and return the non functioning container to the manufacturer. The manufacturer will refund the Town the cost of the container if the problem is with a manufacturer defect.
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Saturday, June 16th ONLY the Department of Public Work Yard will be open to Hamilton residents to drop off your old trash barrel for FREE. This is a one time event. Details are below: Date: June 16, 2012 Time: 8:00 a.m. till Noon Location: DPW Yard – Behind Hamilton Town Hall 577 Bay Road What: FREE: Disposal of all regular trash barrels FREE: Disposal of Cardboard FREE: Disposal of paper Additional items (TV’s, stoves, printers, etc.) can be disposed of for a fee.
Allison Jenkins March 19, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Michelle, Please note the majority of the particpants in the organic waste pilot program did not pay for the bin. The majority paid $75 or less which covered the cost of having the organic waste picked up, not the cost of the bin.
Robert G Preston March 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Ms Jenkins Thank you so much for your response. The delivery company left three bins at the bottom of the hill which is our shared driveway, these were not delivered to the addresses, as two of the three houses on the street have home office workers in them, myself among them, and I would have refused delivery. We may be unique in this respect, however I would like to get them back to the town for new folks coming into town to have. Can I bring them to the Hamilton DPW yard? Thank you so much for your help. - Robert Preston

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