Plymouth: Officials look at future of curbside trash pickup plan after budget cut

The recent vote of Plymouth Town Meeting cut the DPW solid waste budget, which limits the department’s ability to put in place curbside pickup this fall as planned. So, the question is: what happens now?

DPW Director Jonathan Beder sees the cuts as a reduction in what was proposed:

“I wouldn’t say it cuts it back. I think they reduced the budget from our proposal—and what they did is they took out the line items for the pay-as-you throw, they took out the curbside component and the tipping fees to take over the hard to manage.”

What’s the next step?

So, what’ll happen now is we’ll still continue on reviewing our technical proposals, and then we’ll open our price proposals and we’ll present that information to the Board of Selectmen in several weeks.”

Beder says the numbers have to make sense in order to go back to town meeting with a curbside proposal:

“The numbers from the RFP have to be feasible—it has to make sense in order to implement it—and if it does we’ll have public forums and then we’ll come back with either a special town meeting late summer or early fall for the annual fall town meeting.”

Bids were received late last month in response to the town’s RFP for curbside trash collection.

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About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.