How Is Watertown's New Trash/Recycling System Working?

The new system of single-stream recycling and automated trash pick up began this week, how do you like it?


Watertown's new trash and recycling program debuted this week, and Watertown Patch wants to know what you think.

The requires people to put . The single stream recycling system allows all recyclables to go into one bin. 

Some of the comments have brought up the question of the "red" and "green" recycling bins. All the bins are green, but they should have the word red or green printed on top. This corresponds to the weeks that the recycling will be picked up.

Have you had any problems? Do you like the new system of putting all recyclables in one toter? How easy is it to roll the 64-gallon bins to the curb? Are they big enough for all your trash?

Let us know what you think in the comment section below.

William Lingquist August 10, 2012 at 11:44 AM
No. The town will be accepting extra trash in the DPW dumpster. It must be bagged.
William Lingquist August 10, 2012 at 03:39 PM
I was told that the DPW would accept bagged trash in their dumpster. Now I have been told that is not the case. Business as usual in Watertown
OldOwl August 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Good point, Sonny. Will we have parking in front of toter fist fights ala the lawn chairs in dug out parking spots during snow storms? I guess you should leave your toters on your driveway apron under the theory that people generally don't park in front of driveway aprons. Minor problems I saw were a small pile of trash that had spilled out of a neighbors toter. It sat there all day til the guy came home. The only other problem I saw was another neighbors recycling toter got its metal post ripped out by the grabber arm, so the truck driver had to manually load the toter in the bin...other than that it seemed to work fairly well on my street.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Yes, the DPW recommends leaving the toters at the end of the driveway. Of course, not everyone has one, or can do so.
Barbara Blais August 10, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Watertown has its priorities backward. The expense involved in providing this equipment ("Toters"?). Jobs lost. Impersonal non-service (the "man" sits in the truck). Danger to cars and inefficiency when the truck can't get at the barrels. Meantime other more pressing needs go unsatisfied -- schools, libraries, arts. What is wrong with this picture? Barbara Blais
danielle August 11, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I live in a large house and the one toter for each just isn't enough. And recyclables don't get pick up every week isn't going to work. I do like the program because more people will recycle, just not th amount of toters er house hold nor the cost to rent.
Hovaness August 15, 2012 at 02:48 AM
I don't live in Watertown now, but I grew up there, still own property there, and have parents who live there, so I care what happens. Has anyone in the town govt answered the question as to what to do if you have too much trash, either once in a while, or on a regular basis? Suppose you have a large family? What if you have twins or more?? My kids are older now, but I remember the dirty diapers piling up. What about birthday parties, Christmas, Thanksgiving, BBQ's, etc.etc.etc. This is a recipe for disaster if you can't put everything in the toter. What do you do, wait 'till next week? And then what. Keep piling it up in the backyard until you have a "lite" week? I keep reading how great everything is going to be and how 98% of the town is already complying. Really??? I saw a lot of tags on garbage bags on the streets last week. Where did that 98% number come from? Any answer to any of this?
MT September 07, 2012 at 12:59 PM
This program is the worst idea ever. If there were any brains at all behind the design of this program, I'd like to know what they were thinking. The first week of Sept is a huge moving week and we have so much excess trash bagged neatly, that we don't know where to put it. The lady on the phone for the town of Watertown suggests adding the trash to next week’s pile (just genius!!!!). I really wish there would be a change in this program because I'm at a loss of where to bring my trash.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Actually, Sonny, you are not that far off. The DPW recommends if you have too much trash for you toter to ask neighbors if you can put some of yours in their bin.
Wendy Rocca September 18, 2012 at 09:15 PM
We have more recycling than the bins can handle. We really should have both trash & recycling picked up EVERY week. I thought the goal was to reduce trash, increase recycling. All of my neighbors have the same problem. Why can't the truck take boxes or bins (old style) as well?
Wendy Rocca September 18, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Creative math!
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) September 18, 2012 at 10:30 PM
Hey Wendy, you might be in luck. The town is going to be talking with the trash company, Republic, about going to weekly pick up for recycling.
OldOwl September 19, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Yeah, I vote for reducing public employee compensation on a local, state and federal level so we don't have continue to have these kinds of financial cluster ____'s. After all, I have my own retirement and health insurance to fund, I don't need to be paying for other peoples retirements and health insurance, no matter who they work for.Whatever it takes is ok with me.
Dean Taormina September 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Here's the solution. If a residence has too much trash for one black toter, it should be permitted to buy an extra toter for a reasonable cost from the town. Same goes for the recycling toters. Problem solved.
Charlie Breitrose (Editor) January 24, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Dianne wrote about whether the town is still considering weekly recycling pick up. Right now, no. The Town Council said it would be too expensive. You can see more in this article. http://watertown.patch.com/articles/subcommittee-nixes-idea-of-weekly-recycling-watertown-recycling-rate-up


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