Plymouth: Residents push back against curbside trash pickup

Plymouth town officials and representatives of ABC Disposal Service met with residents to talk about solid waste disposal options at the Council on Aging this week. But, the main option on the table seemed to be curbside pickup—one that the majority of those present were not buying.

Town officials stressed these 2015 deadlines: the DEP ordered capping of the South Street landfill, the likely increase in SEMASS tipping fees and the expiration of the contract with the County—owners of the ground beneath the South St. landfill. But, the majority of those who spoke in opposition seemed undeterred by this.

Michael Sullivan is one of them:

“I don’t think we should have a mandatory system. I think we should have options—some people like a trash service and they have the option to do that. But, the rest of us that want to be able to go to the dump when we want and not be stuck to a certain schedule, not be forced to keep barrels outside our house. I want the convenience of going to the dump.”

Like others, Sullivan is not impressed with the merits of single stream recycling offered by curbside pickup:

“The EPA website says single stream recycling is not that cost effective. Pay As You Throw is a much fairer system and it definitely encourages recycling.”

Town Manager Melissa Arrighi:

“They showed us their resistance. They like the system that is in place. They want us to both do our homework and provide some examples of hardships and how we’re going to deal with them if we change it. We’ll adjust our presentation accordingly.

The next presentation is expected to be at Plymouth North next month.

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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.