Officials: Early days of trash tote program going well

Officials: Early days of trash tote program going well

Another drop-off of old bins set for Saturday

NORTH PROVIDENCE – Town officials say one of two planned events to take in old store-bought trash cans at North Providence High School went well last Saturday, Dec. 1, with a second event planned for this Saturday, Dec. 8, from 8 a.m. to noon at the high school.

Mayor Charles Lombardi said a few people have made requests for smaller 65-gallon totes to replace the 95-gallon ones delivered to them last month at the start of the town’s new automated trash tote program. Some have also made a request for a second tote. Those can be purchased for $60.

“We’re trying to address all the requests,” said Lombardi. “We’re going to do whatever we can to accommodate everyone.”

The town’s new charcoal-colored wheeled trash totes were delivered the week of Nov. 12. Trash remained on a weekly schedule, while recycling continued every other week.

Steve Mutter, municipal liaison for waste service provider MTG Disposal, said this week is the first where fully automated pickup of the wheeled trash totes is in effect, after a delay in getting trucks online.

Those who bring their old trash cans to dispose of Saturday should make sure they are free of all debris.

If residents still think their carts are too big after using them for a while, the town will switch it out for the 65-gallon tote. Workers will come to a home to pick up the old tote and deliver a new one, said Lombardi. The 65-gallon tote is the smallest one available.

Everyone now has a trash container, said Mutter. Staffers are taking names and addresses of those asking for smaller totes, with senior citizens and those with disabilities to be serviced first. He’s encouraging residents to use the larger totes for a while before deciding to go to a smaller one, as 65 gallons of space is pretty small.

Each 95-gallon cart holds six trash bags. Those who think that’s not enough space are encouraged to recycle more “and it should be big enough.” Those who still don’t have enough room can purchase a second cart for $60.

All material must be in the tote to be collected.

Call 401-719-1610 with questions. Residents must also call that number now to have bulk items picked up, said Mutter.

Bulk items are picked up once each week with a regular truck. There is no charge for the service presently, he said, but that might change down the road.