Charge by number of pickups

By From page A6 | July 11, 2013

As I understand from the article “Council looks at broader bag ban” on Wednesday July 3, the City Council has approved a rate increase of about $7 per month on the flat-fee monthly rate for the largest size trash can, and a smaller rate increase on the smaller sizes (the exact increase was unclear in the article). This was described as part of the city’s goal to become a zero-waste community.

What I don’t understand is how this rate increase leads us toward that goal. How does it encourage residents to decrease the amount of trash generated? If we only fill our trash can a quarter-full each week, we are still charged. If we only put it out on the curb once per month, we are still charged. Is this an incentive for us to trade in our large-size can for the medium or small-size can? That would generate a waste product of hundreds of large trash cans, the default size when the cans were issued.

The zero-waste goal would be achieved sooner by charging by the number of pickups, not only the size of the can.

Airy Krich-Brinton


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