City trash: Pay-As-You-Throw idea lives on
After considerable debate at its meeting Tuesday, the board voted against a motion to reject any consideration of PAYT, whereby residents would be required to purchase special bags to dispose of their garbage.
“I haven’t seen a reaction at this level to anything else before,” Levasseur said of the negative reactions he has received from constituents. “I would like to do the tough work today and not wait. I think this sends a bad message to people who want to move here and to the people who live here.”
“I attended the meeting and spent considerable time on this,” said Ward 7 Alderman William Shea, referring to a recent closed-door meeting with city officials and representatives from WasteZero, a company that administers PAYT programs around the country. “As a group, until we examine all the implications of proposals, we are precluding what we can learn.”
“Everyone is just seeing the dollar signs, and they’re not seeing whole picture ... . Only 19,000 out of 37,000 homes have blue toters,” he said, referring to the city’s recycling containers.
“This is something I planned to take up in the solid waste committee meeting. I would hope this board would hold off until we have that discussion,” she said.
Later in the evening, Hirschmann made a motion for the administration committee to specifically consider the feasibility of adding more recycling toters, which the board approved.
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