Regarding the prospect of a pay-per-throw trash program, Townsend FinCom member John Whittemore is quoted as saying, “Who’s going to look out for the taxpayer?” In my opinion, supporting the taxpayer means we should institute pay-per-throw.
My household practices reduce-reuse-recycle rigorously. Sure it takes effort, but at the end of the week we’re proud to have only a small bag of trash for pickup. If we put out a second barrel, it means we didn’t try hard enough.
Yet when I look around on trash day, I routinely see households with no recycling bins out and a half dozen or more barrels of trash! As a taxpayer, I’m tired of subsidizing people who ignore our voluntary recycling program.
Spot-checking is not the answer. Does the town really have someone willing to go out before dawn and poke through people’s rubbish? A more realistic solution might be to empower the contractor to refuse any barrel that obviously contains items that should have been recycled.
FinCom Chairman Andrea Woods is quoted as saying, “Everyone who’s grabbed my arm agrees with John.” Is it possible that the arm-grabbers are the same people who put out row upon row of trash barrels?
I support mandatory recycling. I suspect there are more people like me in Townsend, who don’t speak up until they have to. I think we should all make our voices heard.