What Can You Do If You Have Too Much Trash?
A reader wanted to know what to do if her town-issued trash barrel just isn't big enough.
Question: Do you happen to know what to do if you have too much trash to fit in your town-provided trash barrel, if you can take it somewhere or purchase extra bags? I've always wondered what to do if I can't get my lid to close all the way!
Answer: Let's face it, some families are bigger than others and produce more trash than others. In other cases, you might have an excessive amount of trash because of a party, the holidays etc.
So for an answer we reached out to the staff in the office of the Board of Selectmen and we were provided with the following answer.
A family can rent an extra blue trash barrel at a cost of $145 per year. This can be done through the office of the Board of Selectmen.
A second option is putting out extra regular trash bags along with your barrel. Allied Waste will gladly pick up the extra bags, as long as they have a special sticker on them. These stickers can be purchased for $5 each through Allied Waste at 1-800-442-9006.
In addition, Director of Public Health Lou-Ann Clement points out that by increasing the amount being recycled you can cut down on trash levels.
"The more we recycle the more it reduces the volume of trash and could potentially reduce costs associated with trash pick-up, not to mention the need to protect our environment," said Clement.