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Tiverton Adopts New Trash Program, Residents Will Pay for Every Bag

The Tiverton Town Council approved the pay-as-you-throw contract on Monday night and it will begin on May 16.

The Tiverton Town Council approved a contract on Monday night to begin a trash metering program on May 16. Town officials state they will notify the more than 7,000 residents who use Tiverton’s trash service that they purchase and use special bags for the pay-as-you-throw program, or else their roadside rubbish will not be taken a few weeks after that date.

The council vote taken was 6-1 in favor of the contract, with Councilor Rob Coulter voting no.

Net proceeds from the program will go toward the town’s account to .

Director Stephen Berlucchi said the contract with WasteZero is for three years with a three-year option for both parties.

According to the company's website, pay-as-you-throw programs charge households a rate based on how much trash they present for collection.

Berlucchi said WasteZero agreed that all gross sales from the bags will go into a lock box under the town's name, and 13.9 percent of sales will go back to WasteZero.

“For the first three weeks, we’ll have a sticker explaining why we didn’t pick up your garbage,” he said. “After two to three times, I’m sorry."

Berlucchi added that WasteZero has agreed to provide the town with 10,000 free bags for low-income residents.

The bags will be sold at various locations around town. The 30-gallon bags will cost $2 each and the 15-gallon bags will cost $1 each. Packages of five 30-gallon bags will be sold for $10 and packages of ten 15-gallon bags will also be sold for $10.

Although he does not want to reveal the official list, Berlucchi said vendors like , Shaw’s Supermarket, Stop & Shop, , , and several other service stations and convenience stores in the area will sell the pay-as-you-throw bags. He added that vendors are not allowed to mark up bag prices.

All proceeds go back to the town.

Berlucchi and Town Administrator Jim Goncalo say the “no bin, no barrel” policy, enacted in 2009, was a crucial step to get residents to recycle more. This new program is another step, said Berlucchi, and they will be looking to implement “single stream recycling” in the next year, where all recycling materials go into one bin.

“I’m confident it will do the job,” said Berlucchi of pay-as-you-throw. “It’s the wave of the future. Public utilities are becoming so expensive, we need user-based utility.”

Coulter said the pay-as-you-throw program is “adding another burden” to already overburdened residents. “I’m very concerned,” he said. “Why aren’t we letting an FTM approve what is a $500,000-a-year tax increase?”

Resident Roger Bennis suggested rescinding the “no bin, no barrel” policy.

“It’s tied to the whole thing of ‘no bin, no barrel,’” he said about pay-as-you-throw. “It’s to get money to close the landfill from the people who are using the landfill, and to spread the cost to the people who are actually causing the cost. The other part is to increase recycling.”

Justin Katz December 14, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Questions from anonymous commenters asking me to expose people who wouldn't come forward out of concern about backlash don't carry much weight. You work for one of the schools, right? A principal? I encourage others who come across this thread or receive the update emails to take note of your inability to let one resident help another resident by answering an unrelated question about living in Tiverton without turning the thread into a political attack. You guys are all about community? Yeah, right.
Brain Mederble December 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Classic Justin. You don't want to identify your male friend/"prominent citizen", yet it obviously bothers you the poster is anonymous. The sad part is you don't realize how much of a sanctimonious hypocrite you are. YOUR political leader either directly or indirectly through his ghostwriters has done more political attacking than anyone. Next time you are in the bunker with Fred Floon, Jane Doe or Billy Barton, ask them.
Renee Cwiek December 14, 2012 at 01:43 PM
People have the right to anonymity, do they not Justin? You have claimed there are parents that do not wish to come forward with any of your accusations because they are afraid of the repercussions. Perhaps there are people that post here that are afraid of the same thing from you and your associates? Maybe if you actually commented on the blog you chose to post, people would not comment to you on another Patch article. As far as being for the community, I've seen more happening in this community over the last month than I have in the last year. It's wonderful to see the town coming together.
Just Another Taxpayer December 14, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Mr. Katz must realize that one of this country's Founding Fathers wrote under an alias for the exact reasons Renee points out in her post. Mr. Katz and his fellow right wing ideologues love to reference the Constitution and the Founding Fathers when they defend their positions. I guess, Mr. Katz selectively adheres to the principles that were established by our Founding Fathers. In other words, Mr. Katz is hypocrite.

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