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New Trash Bins On Order, Plan Headed for March Rollout

New trash bins have been ordered and town officials are working on a brochure in advance of rollout of the new trash collection program next month.

Both the trash bins and organics bins have been ordered and the new trash plan in both Hamilton and Wenham is on track to be rolled out in mid-to late-March.

“We have ordered the bins and expect to hear back yet this week on a delivery date,” Hamilton Town Manager Michael Lombardo said on Monday.

Each household will get a 35-gallon trash bin and a 11-gallon organic waste bin purchased by the town government.

A color brochure will be mailed to every household in both towns explaining the program, Lombardo said.

The new plan will mean trash – one barrel at no charge - will be collected every other week in Hamilton and recycling and organics will be collected each week. Extra trash bags can be collected each week - including the "off" week - for a charge.

In Wenham, trash, recycling and organics will be collected from every household each week.

The exact start date for the program is yet to be determined and Lombardo said additional information will be distributed when a specific start date is determined.

Organics collection will be provided, at no cost, to each home and recycling will be “single-stream” meaning that all recyclable material will go together in one bin. Town officials are suggesting that residents use their old trash barrels for recyclables.

A color brochure explaining the program is being drafted now and will be mailed to every household when a specific launch date is determined.

Hiltz Hauling will still bill each town separately, based on the amount of trash and compostable material is collected, Lombardo said.

The bins were ordered after officials from each town signed a three page intermunicipal agreement last week.

The bins will cost no more than $81,000 and will be paid $26,752 be year using state grant money. The two towns will cover the $3,000 in interest will be covered by the towns.

Wenham Selectman John Clemenzi objected to the purchase of the trash bins and said that instead, new recycling bins should have been ordered.

“You’re asking someone to dig a big hole with a little shovel,” he said.

Clemenzi pointed to the large recycling toters used in other communities and said the town should have purchased those for residents, which make recycling easier. The town is asking residents to recycle more but is not buying new recycling bins, he said.

But Wenham Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren said much of the savings from the new plan comes from the automation of trash collection using the new bins, including lower employee costs and worker’s compensation costs.

This article has been updated to correct that fact that one barrel of trash - not one bag -  will be collected every other week at no charge in Hamilton.

Allison Jenkins February 17, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Old trash barrels: You may convert it to a container for single stream recyclables. Please clearly mark the container “Recyclables”. Bumper stickers are available at the Town Hall that you may use to put on your barrel. In addition, the Town will have a way for residents to recycle your unwanted barrels. Metal barrels can be disposed of today at the Department of Public Works Yard when it is open to the public. Drop off dates and times for plastic barrels will be determined in the next few weeks.
Alisa Greco February 17, 2012 at 09:16 PM
Packing peanuts may be recycled at the UPS store at 39 Dodge Street in Beverly: M-F, 9-7 and Sat, 9-5.
Robert Gates (Editor) February 17, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Allison, thank you for that info. I'm sure many folks will find it useful.
Jeff Pomilla February 17, 2012 at 10:56 PM
I think each household shoulld be able to use their old barrels compostable (no branches)yard waste that could be picked up at the same time as the organic waste. WHile on the topic I also think there should be compost barrels at the cemetery for all the flowers , plants and weeds that are thrown out every day there.
Gretel Clark February 18, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Jeff, good suggestion about the plants at the cemetary. Let's ask the DPW if that could be possible. Gretel
Allison Jenkins February 21, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Jeff, Unfortunately, a regular barrel filled with organic waste would weigh to much for the contractors to pick up. The 13 gallon containers are made to restrict the weight to a maximum of 44 lbs. The cemetery foreman currently composts all weeds, flowers and plants left at the cemetery. Let me know if you have any additional questions or feedback
Jerome February 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
I think I may be bucking the trend here on the new trash/recycling program but I feel obligated to let folks know that we have a family of 4 (kids 6 and 9) and we have been comfortably well under the 1 barrel per week limit for over a year and we recycle every other week to the maximum and we compost every week as well. The impact on our lives to recycle and compost has been minimal. It is a very minor change in daily and weekly chores to sort appropriately. With single-stream, every week pick up of recycle, it'll be even less time consuming to bring smaller weekly loads to the curb. And 5 bags are $8.75 when/if we have extra trash; not a huge burden, really. If anyone besides me has smelled the capped dump in Peabody at the Rte 95/Rte 128 loop, you too may change your mind about this change in our trash policy.
TinHamilton February 23, 2012 at 08:17 PM
These are GREAT ?'s! How come no one from the trash/composting/recycling/BOS/whatever committee has answered them or responded to this scenario. This whole trash plan has been rammed down our throats w/ no regard for those w/ large/young families. It's an abomination. Why the hell are we paying the real estate taxes we do? I'm as much for recycling as the next guy/gal, but I think this plan for solid waste every other week stinks, yes pun intended. We deserve answers to why solids will not be picked up weekly along w/ recycling. We've experienced the maggot thing in the summer w/ our composting before and it's brutal, just brutal. This is no way to run the most very basic of town services. We have to do something to change/stop this.
Allison Jenkins February 23, 2012 at 08:35 PM
The Town is implementing changes to offset the increasing costs of trash disposal. The program allows each household to control their volume of trash disposal and the associated costs with excess disposal. Organic waste will be picked up weekly. You can put all of your coffee grounds, vegetable food scraps, meat, bones, egg shells and more into your organic waste collection. In addition, your compost/organic waste container can be lined with BPI certified compostable bags eliminating any mess and odors. Please let me know if you have any additional questions and I will try my best to respond.
Jennifer flynn February 23, 2012 at 08:45 PM
No one should be allowed to post here anonymously. If you have something to say say it as yourself
Jerome February 24, 2012 at 05:34 PM
who's posting anonymously? I don't see any anonymous comments.....Am I missing something?
john February 24, 2012 at 05:47 PM
They consider you to be posting anonymously because you dont post your full name.
Lucy Frederiksen February 24, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Sorry, Gretel.....didn't mean to have you get all the calls. As for paying more out of pocket for trash, that is the whole reason for Pay As You Throw. If you want to reduce your out of pocket costs, i.e, not buying the town bags for more than the one free barrel, put more into recycling and composting. It's good for the town and it's good for the planet.
john February 24, 2012 at 06:10 PM
You can recycle/compost all you want but it doesn't change the fact that some families need trash picked up every week.
Lucy Frederiksen February 24, 2012 at 06:18 PM
You can put out trash every week - you would have to use the blue Hamilton town trash bag on the non-scheduled trash day. I asked Hamilton's Town Manager Michael Lombardo.
john February 24, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Yes I know that but why should I have to pay for it?
Ron Powell February 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
The Ad hoc Committee on Un-Hamilton Activities has requested that you use your full real name. Posting under a pseudonym cramps its style, and makes it harder for it to monitor all of your un-Hamilton activities.
Steph February 24, 2012 at 06:27 PM
But not in a barrel, right? We already had to get a barrel with handles that lock down the lid to keep the dogs and other critters from ripping the bags apart and strewing trash everywhere. This whole policy stinks in more ways than one.
Gretel Clark February 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
John's comment on Friday "that some families need trash picked up every week" prompts me to repeat the Recycle Committee's offer. We will provide in house coaching for any family wishing to avoid a barrel of solid waste every week. Call my number and we will send a "trash specialist" (taaa daaa) out to your home, free of charge, to save you from the cost of a blue (or green) bag on that off week. Gretel Clark 468-7206
john February 25, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Gretel, that is a nice offer but my comment was not related to volume. There are specific items that can't be recycled and need to be picked up every week, in my opinion. I do not understand why people don't understand that point.
Margo Killoran February 26, 2012 at 02:48 PM
@John... I have run into the same wall. And the answer has been for me to drive all over the north shore finding places to bring my "recycleable" stuff that can't be recycled in our trash pick up (as opposed to putting it in our trash). Frankly, for families where both parents work full time, have children, etc. that is just not possible and is unreasonable to ask. As @Juls said in an earlier post, it is discriminatory towards larger families as well as in-home business and farms. I totally agree with recycling and as I've said before, I have six full-sized barrels that I use for recycling (in addition to our returnables). Food scraps go to our chickens, our crows or our compost pile. We are conciencious recyclers and we still have a barrel going out each week. Trash pick up is a service that should be included for our tax payments for a myriad of health as well as service reasons, and it should be available for a reasonable effort on the tax payers part. Running around to several area locations every week in addition to recycling everything that I can is beyond something reasonable.
Steph February 27, 2012 at 12:59 PM
Even if you CAN fit two weeks' worth of trash into a barrel, it is still unsanitary and stupid to have the trash sitting around for a full two weeks in our yards!
Lucy Frederiksen February 27, 2012 at 01:59 PM
The trash isn't that unsanitary if you remove all the compostable stuff, which DOES get picked up every week: it includes all food scraps including bones. Some dirty paper products are compostable, as is organic kitty litters from dirty litter boxes. And you can put out a "town" bag on the off week. Since many seem to be thinking of their cost to pay for trash bags, my only answer is why should everyone else pay for YOUR trash pickup if you have so much? The cost comes out of our tax dollars regardless: the principle is that those with more trash should pay more for trash pickup. Here in Wenham, residents pay more for weekly trash pickup, which our household doesn't need, and we also have to pay for annual leaf pickup, which our household hasn't used in 30 years! Maybe I should sit around a whine about how it's unfair to pay for services I don't use?
Steph February 27, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I am not whining, I am stating a fact. Diapers ARE unsanitary and you cannot put that into the compost. The town bag on the off-week, as far as I know, cannot go into a barrel to keep the animals from ripping it apart (a real problem in my neighborhood) so that will be a problem. I do have an issue with paying for the extra bags, as I will effectively be paying twice for half of the service. However, I am far more worried about the mess and unsanitary conditions that we will be living in this summer. I have seen the organic compost bins thrown on the sidewalk reeking of slops all day until the owners come back that night from work to pick them up. And now every household will have one. Someone should have thought through these details more before imposing it on the entire town.
john February 27, 2012 at 02:16 PM
Well no one would be complaining if they kept the trash pickup in Hamilton the same as Wenhams. You still get your trash picked up every week at no extra cost so your arguement makes no sense.
john February 27, 2012 at 02:22 PM
You are whining about it by your idea that you shouldn't be paying for others trash if they have so much. How do you know they have so much? Fact is they could put out 15 gallons per week which is still under the current 35 gallons on a bi-weekly basis. So why should they have to pay for it on the off week?
Allison Jenkins March 08, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Old trash barrels: You may convert it to a container for single stream recyclables. Please clearly mark the container “Recyclables”. A "RECYCLE" bumper sticker will be inside the official trash barrels when they are delivered to you the week of March 19th for this purpose. OR 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. See fee schedule for specifics.
Jim Smith April 21, 2012 at 06:39 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 May 11, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Town Meeting Saturday, May 12 @ 9am at the High School...Article 2-3 Waste Enterprise Budget. This is your chance to let the Selectmen know how the new trash program is working out for you.

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