Scituate: Town to initiate trial run using dumpsters for beach trash

Scituate will be trying something new this beach season, as a way to deal the problem of overflowing trash barrels.

Scituate Department of Public Works Director Al Bangert informed the Board of Selectmen Monday night, about the problem of trash filling up and flowing over those big barrels at the beach every summer.

Bangert suggested that it might be better to install dumpsters at the beach parking lots and said, “The idea is to not put out those 55 gallon drums with plastic bags in it, but instead put small dumpsters in each one of the parking lots. There would be a small dumpster, approximately 6x6x4 feet. That would be emptied on Friday and on Monday, by a trash hauler such as waste management.”

However, the selectmen had some concerns about the public using the dumpsters for their own trash rather than just the beach goers, so they decided to give it a try at two of Scituate’s beaches and see how it goes.

Selectman Chairman Tony Vegnani said, “Egypt and Peggotty beaches are probably going to be the easiest location wise and they’re going to be the closest to the current barrels, so it’s not that many more steps to get there. I would recommend that we put more barrels at the beaches, because a lot of people actually do try to throw their trash away, but the barrels are all ready full.”

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