“Some of us put out one bag. Some of us put out 10 bags,” she said. “Some families recycle everything. Some families recycle nothing. There’s no incentive to recycle. We really have to look at a new system.”
Central Street resident Estelle Rand, who is also on the Solid Waste Management Committee, said the council should consider that committee’s recommendation for a pay-as-you-throw system that charges a fee based on the amount of trash you put out.
“That takes care of the fairness issue,” Rand said.
Martin and Councilor Jason Silva said the next mayor (Scanlon is not running for re-election) should take a fresh look at the trash fee and how it is instituted.
Councilors referred the matter to their finance and legal subcommittees for further discussion.
Summing up the sometimes intense opposition to the trash fee over the years, Hale Street resident Rene Mary told councilors that if they increase it, “There will be a French Revolution down on Hale Street.”
Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org.