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New Trash Regulations Go Into Effect This Week

Residents will now only be able to put out 35-gallon barrels or bags on trash day.

When you take out your trash Monday night or early Tuesday morning, you’ll want to count your barrels.

North Reading is reducing the number of 35-gallon barrels or bags to two as of July 1. The limit was four bags until a year ago when it was reduced to three.

The limitation is a way for the town to reduce the amount of trash – and the disposal costs – while increasing recycling.

According to the town Recycling Committee, less trash meant North Reading spent less on tipping fees for the second half of 2013. After the town put in the three 35-gallon trash barrels per household last July, the town saved $52,706 over the final six months and recycling increased to nearly 23%.

The Board of Selectmen has heard complaints from concerned residents, who worry that they’ll have too much trash.

The Department of Public Works said there will be a common sense approach in the collection. There shouldn’t be a problem as long as a residence doesn’t consistently put out more than two 35-gallon barrels.

john nowosacki June 30, 2014 at 08:16 AM
where is the rest of the trash supposed to go? I don't believe my neighbors are filling their trash bags or barrels with cans and bottles instead of recycling. I hope this doesn't lead to more illegal dumping by folks who have no way to get rid of their garbage.
ancmay June 30, 2014 at 08:19 AM
Who will be policing this new restriction ? The home owner , concerned neighbors or the employees who work for JRM. There are numerous residents who still don't recycle,how about not picking up their trash unless there are recyclables
cardiclash July 01, 2014 at 02:51 AM
A brilliant idea indeed... let's just eliminate trash pickup altogether. Recycling needs to be encouraged not forced on people. You must be one of those neurotic fools that think banning everything will solve the worlds problems.

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