Manchester considers new trash policies
The proposals, discussed Monday at a meeting of the aldermen’s Special Committee on Solid Waste Activities, were among a slate of ideas put forward by public works officials earlier this year to generate revenue and savings.
Businesses are supposed to pay a 7-cent-per-pound fee to dispose bulky items.
But Ward 1 Alderman Joyce Craig, the chairman of the committee, said reimplementing the fee would create other problems. “We did this because it kept people from leaving large items in the alley and the street,” she said.
Gomez also recommended ending municipal trash pickup for commercial and multi-unit residential buildings. He noted that Manchester was unique in offering free trash pickup for such buildings; neither Nashua or Lowell, Mass., do so.
The committee also briefly discussed pay-as-you-throw, the per-bag charge officials said could have saved the city $3.5 million a year. The aldermen did not advance the idea after an overwhelmingly negative reaction from residents.
“We still think pay-as-you-throw would be a good thing for Manchester and hope to be able to continue to discuss it in the future,” Gomez said.
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