Two Opportunities to Talk Town Trash Hauling This Week
Tonight, the pay-as-you-throw trash proposal is on the Township Commitee agenda. On Thursday, Bob McCoy of the Environmental Advisory Committee will answer questions about the proposed hauling system.
With the chicken ordinance all wrapped up, the hottest topic in town is now the Pay-as-You-Throw trash proposal.
Tonight, the Township Committee — in a rare Monday night meeting to accommodate the N.J. League of Municipalities convention later this week — may be dominated by trash talk, with "Results of the Town Hall Meeting to discuss the garbage proposal" as one of the discussion items on the preliminary agenda. (The full agenda is attached here.)
On Thursday, Bob McCoy, Chairperson of Maplewood's Environmental Advisory Committee, will explain the town's proposal at the Hilton Neighborhood Association's November 17 meeting at 7:30 p.m. in DeHart Community Center, 120 Burnett Avenue.
The idea of pay-as-you-throw is that customers would throw their garbage out in special bags — or bags with special stickers. The bags or stickers would be purchased in stores or from the hauler. The cost of the bag covers the tipping fee — the actual cost of throwing out trash. Using this plan, "light users" would pay less for trash, and heavy users would be incentivized to do more recycling or composting to diminish the amount of trash they produce.
The town has also proposed going to a contract with a single hauler and bringing billing and administration of garbage under township control.