Taking Care of Trash
On my way home from the school committee meeting, I caught part of Matt Allen’s conversation about towns (including Tiverton) requiring residents to put out their recycle bins in order to have their trash picked up. I share Matt’s impulse to decry the nanny-state aesthetic, but having sat through a number of town-hall discussions on the topic, I have to disagree about the impulse’s validity.
I can’t speak to other towns’ issues, at this high detail, but in a few years, Tiverton will be facing a multi-million dollar budget wall when its landfill is full. Proper budgeting would have left the town better prepared, but we are where we are, and residents’ choice not to recycle brings the doomsday that much closer. If we’re going to have the town offer house-to-house trash pickup, we have to accept that certain terms will apply.
Personally, I’d do away with the “free” pickup. The town should provide a place to drop off garbage, perhaps at a compactor, like Portsmouth has, and residents can pay for pickup services. Perhaps private service providers could offer a more expensive plan for those who opt not to recycle, thus not sticking neighbors with the bill.