Manchester pay-as-you-throw trash proposal gets tossed out by committee
The Administration Committee on Tuesday voted unanimously and with almost no discussion to receive and file (reject for consideration) the proposal for a pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) system, where residents would be required to purchase special bags to dispose of their garbage.
Other ideas received and filed by the committee on Tuesday included a resident tax and creating a storm water utility that could impose fees similar to those for waste water and sewer.
Mayor Ted Gatsas had requested that department heads bring forward new revenue ideas as part of the budget process. The PAYT system was seen as the most potentially lucrative, with the city’s public works director estimating it could yield up to $3.5 million a year in revenue and savings.
In the end, Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig, the chairman of the Administration Committee, said she had to defer to the sentiments of residents.