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Arlington placing limits on trash, enforcing mandatory recycling

Posted by Brock Parker  June 14, 2012 04:58 PM

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Arlington is preparing to roll out new trash regulations that will increase recycling pickups and place limits on the amount of garbage residents can throw out each week.

The town will also begin enforcing a mandatory recycling bylaw that has been on the books for several years, but has not been enforced because of limited staffing resources, said Michael Rademacher, Arlington’s director of public works.

The changes will be phased in over the next few months and are being done to increase recycling and keep down the cost of the town’s waste removal contract, Rademacher said.

“We do feel that there is a certain percentage of the public that doesn’t recycle and this will in essence force them to,” Rademacher said.

The first change will come July 2 when the town’s new contractor, Peabody-based JRM Hauling and Recycling, will begin picking up recycling every week instead of every other week. Seasonal pickup of yard waste will also move to a weekly schedule.

In September, the town’s contractor will stop picking up trash if it is not accompanied by any recyclables, according to the town. Rademacher said Arlington has had a mandatory recycling bylaw for several years, but until now it has not been enforced.

The town is also placing a limit on the amount of trash that that will be picked up per household at 100 gallons per week, and any amount in excess of that amount will be left behind. Rademacher said the limit on trash equals about three typical-sized trash barrels.

Throughout September, JRM Hauling will place a sticker on any trash that is left behind explaining why it wasn’t picked up.

In October, any household that leaves trash barrels, recycling containers or yard waste on the curb later than 9 p.m. the day after their scheduled collection date will be subject to a fine, according to the town.

Rademacher said the town has signed a contract with JRM Hauling and Recycling for about $2.15 million, which is about what the town’s cost has been with contractor Waste Management.

Rademacher said if the town had not agreed to implement the waste limits, the trash removal costs would have increased.

Residents can still have trash in excess of the limit picked up for a minimum fee of $10 per five 32-gallon trash barrels, according to the town.

A guide to the town's new trash and recycling rules will be mailed out late next week and can be found at http://www.arlingtonma.gov/Public_Documents/ArlingtonMA_DPW/Recycle/RecyclingGuide.pdf.

--brock.globe@gmail.com

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