Saturday, January 12, 2013
The Town Council wants to know how much people are recycling and how well the bins are being used.
Don't be alarmed if you see someone peeking in your recycling bin — Town officials want to know how much Watertown residents are recycling and how well the bins are being used. In August, the town switched to new recycling and trash pickup program, where residents have one 64-gallon toter for trash and a second for recycling. The recycling is picked up every other week, while trash is collected weekly. Some residents have complained that the recycling bins are not big enough, and asked for weekly pickup. The Town Council's Public Works Committee, however, decided that the cost would be too high to add weekly recycling. Some, however may be able to get a second recycling bin. Town officials wanted to find out how well bins are being …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Watertown residents have increased their recycling significantly, while reducing the amount of trash thrown out.
Watertown residents have taken to the new recycling program like gangbusters, and some have filled their recycling barrel for the biweekly collection, but the Town Council's Public Works Committee will not recommend moving to weekly recycling pickup. The cost of adding weekly recycling pickup would bee too high, the subcommittee decided, but they plan to offer some residents the opportunity to purchase a second recycling bin - also called toters. The town's new trash and recycling program began in early August, and the change in disposal habits has been noticeable, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee. The amount of trash being thrown away is down 23 percent, and the amount of recycling is up 35 percent. "Considering the whole town…
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The new program started Aug. 6, and it worked well for most people, according to DPW Superintendent Gerald Mee.
The roll out of the new trash and recycling program went very smoothly, in the vast majority of cases, Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee told the Town Council Tuesday night. Most residents adjusted to the new system during the first week of the new program, which started on Aug. 6, Mee said. “We had roughly 99 percent compliance town wide,” Mee said. “The people of Watertown deserve to be applauded.” DPW officials followed around the trash and recycling trucks the first week and out of 3,500 pick ups, Mee said, only 15 to 20 used the wrong barrels or put out extra bags. A few people tried to use the green recycling toter for extra trash space, but Mee said that will not work. “That is not acceptable,” Mee said. “It is a greater …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
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 new system requires people to put all their trash bags in the 64-gallon toter. 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 …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Public Works Superintendent Gerry Mee will make a presentation at the Town Council meeting on the new program.
The start of the new trash and recycling program is just around the corner, and Tuesday night you can learn more about the program by heading to Town Hall or tuning into the Town Council meeting. The new program begins on Aug. 6, and Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee is first up on the agenda for Tuesday's Town Council meeting, which begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Council Chambers in Town Hall. The meeting will be broadcast live on Watertown Cable Access television – Channel 99 for Comcast, Channel 13 on RCN – and will be streamed on the Internet at www.wcatv.org. Residents will soon receive two 64-gallon toters, one for trash and one for recycling. Trash will be collected weekly, and the recycling every other week. The new recycling …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
The key to reducing trash is more recycling, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee.
When Watertown's new trash and recycling program begins on Aug. 6, residents will have to fit all their trash in the 64-gallon toter, and they will get a recycling toter of the same size. Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee said those will be enough for Watertown families. Mee said he has received many calls from people worried they won't be able to fit all their trash in the toter. One such resident, Charles Benson of Partridge Street, said he thinks there will be 10 to 15 times a year he will go over the 64-gallon limit. "I like the idea of the new trash/recycling program, but it is an 80 percent solution," Benson said at Tuesday's Town Council meeting. "It does not address likley overages. I feel constrained. I am concerned I will …
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Learn about how the new program, which begins Aug. 6, will work.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The following information was provided by the Watertown Department of Public Works: Watertown is pleased to announce a new program for collecting trash and increasing our recycling efforts. A new automated trash collection program will begin on Monday, August 6, 2012. Automated collection truly upgrades the level of service that is provided to residents, fixed lid, wheeled carts not only provide a uniform appearance on collection day, they also reduce blowing trash, odors, animal scavenging and health concerns. And the toters are very easy for residents to move. Residents will receive a new 64 gallon toter for trash. Only the official Town of Watertown wheeled toters will be collected on trash day. A 64 gallon toter will also be provided …
Thursday, June 14, 2012
The town's new trash and recycling program begins in August, and residents will get the new 64 gallong toters in July.
Come out to Saltonstall Park on Thursday, June 21 to see what Watertown's new trash and recycling toters will look like. The town will begin its new trash/recycling program on Aug. 6, said Public Works Superintendent Gerald Mee, and each household in town will get two 64-gallon toters - one for the trash and one for recycling. Watertown is moving to "single-stream recycling where all recyclables – glass, cardboard, plastic, etc. – go into one bin. The new toters will be on display at the park next to Town Hall on Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event will go on rain or shine, Mee said, and a tent will be set up for the demonstration. Members of the Department of Public Works and the solid waste firm Republic Services will be on …