To the Editor:
[Regarding, "Residents invited to talk trash at March 25 meeting"]
The transfer station, right now, is very well run and the people who work there are courteous, helpful and do a good job giving directions to the people of Columbia regarding trash disposal.
Our old open Dumpster served the purpose for that time. Filling them up, and then compacting them by using the bucket on a backhoe. Now we have an automatic compactor allowing the same size Dumpster to take away at least twice as much trash, if not more.
This means fewer trips for the hauling contractor, saving labor costs, and wear on the trucks, and fuel costs.
So what is that purpose of this new charge for trash bags? Whose idea is it? Is this just another tax on the people of Columbia?
Regardless, many people at this time can’t afford this at any price.
Aside from the cost, it was even mentioned in the Chronicle that if people paid for the designated trash bags they would pack them fuller and then make them heavier, so that the elderly and handicapped people would need help lifting them.
- What would the money generated from the sale of the trash bags be used for? Where would it go?
- Would this just be another grab bag for officials to use at their own discretion, would it be in a lock box, or is it earmarked for something specific? If so what is it earmarked for?
Furthermore, if I am forced to purchase special trash bags, at specific locations will I then own them and be forced to dispose of property I purchased? Or would I be allowed to reuse the bags after emptying them into the dumpster? Why should I be made to purchase something as my property and then throw it away?
- David R. Lyon , Columbia
Published March 25, 2010
From the HTNP.com Editor, some related links:
How they do it in one New Hampshire community (a PDF document, requires Acrobat) http://www.hopkinton-nh.gov/Pages/HopkintonNH_Selectmen/FAQsPaybyBag2-18-10.pdf
How (and why) they do it in Granby, CT: http://www.granby-ct.gov/Public_Documents/GranbyCT_DPW/recycle_update
The Environmental Protection Agency’s explanation of how the SMART program encourages people to recycle http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/tools/payt/tools/smart-bet/index.htm