N.C. firm to pitch pay-per-throw in Manchester
Waste Zero, a company that profits from running pay-as-you-throw rubbish disposal programs in cities and towns around the country, pitched an aldermanic committee on the idea of a trash collection program that would force residents to buy official trash bags at a cost that would include a trash collection fee on top of the cost of the bag.
The committee decided to set up a series of meetings in different sections of the city to allow the company to make its pitch directly to residents.
“You could use that argument for schools or for police or fire, whatever, where people would say, ‘We don’t use them,’” Shea said. “That’s not a very sound type of judgment because you’re equating one type of usage in a society in lieu of the others.”
There was no public comment period at the committee meeting. But a few minutes later, one resident took advantage of the public comment period at the meeting of the Board of Aldermen.
Another sort of trash fee could be imposed much sooner in Manchester. Last year, the city began charging for bulk items picked up at curbside. Now, health officials have floated the possibility of extending the charge to items brought to the Dunbarton Road drop-off center. Mark Gomez, who recently took over as environmental programs manager for the city Health Department, told aldermen that charging for dropped-off bulk waste items could raise $25,000 a year for the city.
The Health Department has also suggested charging fees for old televisions, monitors and computers — a category of rubbish now known as E-waste.
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