Throw Out Any Plan For Trash Pick-Up

Letter writer Richard Nicholson says plan for trash pick-up should be disposed of.


A recent proposal in Montville for town wide trash collection is another example of government growth that is expensive, unnecessary, and unwelcome. 

With the closing of AES Thames, the Rand Whitney lawsuit, and the upgrading of our schools and police department, taxes are high enough.  Why add another service to the tax burden when what is already available works well?

Private contractors have been picking up trash for years.  The transfer station is accessible for anyone who wishes to dispose of their own trash. 

Do we need big government mandating another expensive service that many do not need or want? 

Richard Nicholson


Tim M. October 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Hate to tell you but it's more expensive to bring your trash to the transfer station. You people really need to look at this with an open mind. When all is said and done it will save us all money. Some people just don't like change even when it's for the better
Chris B. October 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Tim's above comment is way off! Trash collection will cost you at least $75 with most collection companies and that per quarter! Just think how much it will cost tax payers if added to our already too high fees. This is not exactly fair for those of us who already utilize the transfer station (which by the cost only $60 for the year I believe). More taxes added will only drive more residents out of town.
Anita October 15, 2012 at 03:56 PM
They need to look into this more as the town of Ledyard did this and now are looking to go back to the transfer station scenerio to SAVE money. Bring to referendum and let us tax payers vote on this.
Elizabeth E October 15, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Um it is only $55 a year to bring your trash to transfer station plus multiple other stuff you can bring there.. Bad idea having garbage pick up our taxes are high enough just disgusting! The trasfer station rocks totally affordable!
Tim M. October 15, 2012 at 05:14 PM
Again a few people who have nothing but time on their hands and who like to be a dump rat want the rest of us to pay over $300 a year to have our trash picked up vs $70-100 as part of our taxes. If you factor in your time, gas and price of dump pass it would be cheaper to have town wide pick up.
Dump Kid October 15, 2012 at 07:55 PM
not to mention the cost of operating the transfer station. Move (FT) employees to the thinned out crew at Public Works and the rest (PT) can go
Dump Kid October 15, 2012 at 07:58 PM
sell off the roll off trucks, get rid of that old payloader that i guarentee is a money sink, and any other peripheral things/objects/liability
Dana McFee October 15, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Town wide trash pick-up is one of the most basic town services that any town of this size has. This is not some philosophical debate of big government vs. capitalism It’s Just GARBAGE PICK UP!!!!! that saves two thirds of residents nearly $200 a yr. and for those who have a dump pass ,( when you figure in fuel cost per yr.) plus the cost of the dump pass, it at least a "wash" or even a small savings. Residents will still receive a free punch card to dispose of bulky waste like always. This is for trash and recyclables only.I have never heard anyone that lives in a town with town wide pick up that they wished they could pay privately at triple the cost or bring their trash to the dump themselves for the same price they're paying to have it picked up because of their dislike of "big government” C’mon people this is not a communist plot!!! It's time for town wide trash pick-up.
Dana McFee October 16, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Anita, I don't believe Ledyard is reconsidering town wide trash pick up. They have had it since 1992 and they haven't had a mil rate increase in two years. I do agree that the voters of Montville should decide through referendum if we should go with town wide trash pick up, also have a series of informational meetings leading up to a vote so people will know exactly what it will cost.
J. Lincoln October 16, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Dana, numbers are being thrown around without any basis of fact. Why don't you publish the research you have done so every body knows how you arrived at your findings.
Dana McFee October 16, 2012 at 11:45 PM
J Lincoln, the low bid on the RFP (request for proposal) was $600,000.00 based on 7100 residences for trash and recyclable pick up. Another $426,000.00 for tipping fees (based on one ton of garbage per yr per household) Deduct the $250,000.00 we're already paying for recyclable pick up and that leaves $776,000.00 before any savings are figured in such as, transportation, fuel, man hours, etc. Without deducting any savings $776,000.00 divided by 7100= $109 per yr. per household if we did separate biannual billing from the town and even less if we rolled it into the taxes. These numbers are real. That’s why I say it's a "no brainer". I would like to see the people decide on trash pick and also how they choose to pay for it via a referendum. AND YOU WILL STILL USE THE TRANSFER STATION FOR BULKY WASTE, TREASURE HUNTING, AND BRUSH DISPOSAL ETC.
Diana Reiss March 07, 2013 at 02:12 PM
Tim, I have to agree with Mr. Nicholson. As I have said in other commentary on the Patch, my household will not see a significant savings, if any, from curbside pickup. Of course, INITIALLY we may see savings, but nothing says that will remain as I am sure that the hauler that gets the contract will have a Fuel Surcharge included in the contract before signing. And as we all know, once charged, it doesn't go away. I think that the Town has enough on its plate without worrying about overseeing another outside contractor.
Diana Reiss March 07, 2013 at 02:17 PM
Tim, according to the figures provided by Councilman McFee, you are in a different few. If you are paying over $300 a year for pickup, you are either generating more than the suggested three trash cans or have not done shopping for the best price. As for having time on my hands or being a "dump rat," neither applies to my household. It is purely economics and cost effectiveness.


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