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New Trash System 'Keeps Animals Out,' Streamlines Recycling

Starting next month, Marlborough residents will have a new trash and recycling collection program.

In three weeks, the city will get a new waste collection program, streamlining the collection of trash and recycling. 

Currently, residents have trash collected on each day of the work week and recycling must be hand sorted before it is collected.

Starting July 13, the city will be divided into two zones and all trash will be picked up on Fridays. With around 10 trucks, the entire city’s trash will be collected in one day. The recycling will be collected at each residence every other Friday, necessitating the two zones of the city.

In addition, residents will be issued for both trash and recycling which fit into the new automatic lever arm of the truck, said Thomas Temple, Marlborough's assistant commissioner of operations.

Residents who've been testing the program have been satisfied, Temple said.

"I think it's a win-win," he said.

With the new automatic system, residents will no longer have to sort recyclables into different bags; rather, all recyclable materials can be placed in the same bin, Temple said. That bin will be collected every other week.

The department has received more than 300 emails and several hundred letters requesting the new system, which is “a significant amount,” Temple said.

Everything gets to stay outside and the large bins keep all the animals out, said Tom Lashmit, a resident who participated in a pilot program that allowed some residents to test the new program for possible problems. “The system is great,” he said.

“We have always recycled anyway,” but this will make it easier, said Arthur Josephson, another resident who tested the new program.

Kathy Rose June 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Thanks for making it easier to recycle, now hopefully, all the residents who have not recycled in the past, will get involved in recycling!
Heather Gould June 21, 2012 at 12:17 PM
I must say I'm not too thrilled with the "if it doesn't fit into the trash can, it won't be collected" I do understand that this will make more people recycle, but be HAVE been recycling (to the point where we bought a giant recycling bin about a year ago to accommodate it all) but as a family of 6, we just generate a lot of trash. PLUS, we live in a 2 family home, and to have 4 bins out, spaced 3 feet apart, will block the entire sidewalk. Just MY opinion.. Where we vacation in Marshfield, if the trash doesn't fit into the bin, they can buy city trash bags for the overflow.. Maybe we could look into that??
Jeff June 21, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I'd love to see recycling picked up each week.
Bill Askew June 21, 2012 at 02:24 PM
THe trash system is an automatic truck that picks up the buckets, they cannot stop to manually pick up bags....Why not get a dump (Transfer Station) sticker and take your overflow to the dump. If you are a Marlborough Resident over 65 the stickers are free. At 62 I think they are like $15.00 and they used to be $25.00 for the year. Certainly a much cheaper approach than many cities and towns...
JM June 21, 2012 at 07:03 PM
The transfer station passes are $50 for the year but well worth it. I go every week usually, for one reason or another. We recycle a lot so I usually go to empty the recycle bins on the weeks when they are not picked up.
Paul Gentile June 21, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I'm disappointed we're not getting 96 gallon carts for trash. I put out 3-32 gallon barrels every week and we do a significant amount of recycling. I have a dump pass and mostly use it for leaves/grass clippings and recycling as JM does (and when I forget its recycling week and then have to face the prospect of storing 4 weeks worth of recycling). Guess I'll be taking trash to the dump periodically as well. By the way, passes expire last day of June every year. Coincidence? I think not. Just kidding. I'll tell you one thing, I was surprised at the cost of this program. Someone caught the outgoing Stevens on a good day. The initial cost plus the 5 year contract is very steep. For me, I would have fought for the contractor covering all the new carts for the citizens as a bargaining chip. Would've saved the city $1 million. The contractor would've re-cooped that cost in no time. So, how much is it going to cost me if someone swipes one of my carts?
LC June 22, 2012 at 10:07 AM
Why is the dump pass issued based on our registration . I think it should be based on our drivers license .
Jon Nelson June 23, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Because it's vehicle-sticker-based. Do you really want to deal with lines of cars at the dump waiting for workers to validate your ID against a dump card? Not me.
Concerned Mother June 25, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Now that some of the city have received their barrels, I'm now seeing why this may not be a good idea in certain parts of the city. I happened to be in the French Hill neighborhood over the weekend and there are very few that have the space for these barrels as the street was lined with barrel upon barrel up against stone walls or houses. I don't recall in the past non-city barrels lined up like that so I'm assuming trash was put out on trash day in bags. I'll be curious to watch and see if these barrels continue to line the streets.
Me June 25, 2012 at 04:56 PM
I still have no idea where I'm going to store these barrels! I like the idea though.
Mike July 06, 2012 at 11:47 AM
Is the city going to collect our old green bins? We have 4 that are now useless
JennyM July 06, 2012 at 12:39 PM
We still have not received our trash barrel, just the recycling barrel. Where do I get a trash barrel?
LM July 16, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I truly do not like this new trash pickup. I asked for more barrels and was refused. I have 5 adults in my house and in one week we filled the recycling bin and the trash bin. I don't know how we are going to handle when recycling is every other week. Yes, people say get a dump sticker, but I dont want to put trash in my car. Not everyone has a truck to haul trash bags. Plus did they think of senior citizens who cannot move those bins? Obviously not. Right now the only place I can put the bins for pick up is in front of my driveway which is ridiculous because we leave for work at different times and they want them out by 7am. What that does is the person leaving after 7 has to move the bins, pull out of the driveway then move th bins back. What a waste of time and effort. Can't wait for winter when the snow falls and we cant drag the bins to the end of the driveway. Idiots.....
Brian Hook July 18, 2012 at 11:22 PM
I agree with LM. I also requested more barrels and was refused. I do not have access to a truck and, I too, do not wish to load my car with trash to haul it to the dump! When my solid waste bin is full it is not as easy to move as they say it is. I too can't wait for winter when even if I can manage to get the barrels to the curb they will get plowed in by the snowplow. Or heaven forbid, the plow moves them closer than 3 feet together, or crooked, and then even though I hauled those suckers out there the trash and recyclables won't be picked up! The city isn't going to save any money either, it's just going into our ex-superintenden'ts pocket! Idiots..... Irate taxpayer

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