Town trash collection would save money

There is a strange phenomenon in the town of Montville.

Almost every household places recyclable material at curbside for pickup by the town on designated days of the week. However, on days that private contractors make their rounds to pick up household trash from their customers, only about half of residents that put out recyclables put out household trash. The other half must take their trash directly to the transfer station in their own vehicles.

This makes no logical sense. If the residents are willing to pay extra taxes for municipal pickup of recyclables, why wouldn't they be willing to pay extra taxes for municipal pickup of household trash? Studies have shown that the tax increase per household is much smaller than that charged by private contractors.

Curbside pickup of recyclables is not mandatory. The town provides recycling bins at the transfer station for those who prefer using them. The town could provide curbside pick-up of household trash and provide a compactor at the transfer station for those who still want to bring their trash there.

Since the program would be voluntary, it would not require an ordinance. The mayor could just add a funding line item in the annual budget.

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