Fitchburg trash-recycling program on track to save city money
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Fitchburg trash-recycling program on track to save city money
Sentinel & Enterprisesenlandenterprise.com
Posted: 07/05/2012 06:32:21 AM EDT
By Alana Melanson
amelanson@sentinelandenterpris e.com @alanamelanson on Twitter
FITCHBURG -- The city's new trash and recycling curbside collection program is projected to save the city about $200,000 per year of its contract, according to Public Health Director Stephen Curry.
Those savings are divided about equally between collection and disposal costs, he said.
Curry said the city's previous five-year collection contract with Waste Management, which was to run from July 2007 to June 30, at a cost of just under $7 million, was amended to start in April and conclude in June 2018 for a cost of just over $9 million. Of that $9 million, he said,$1.85 million represents the assembly and delivery of trash and recycling carts to about 13,500 households.
The city has also received a grant from the state Department of Environmental Protection, Curry said, which includes $100,000 toward the cost of the carts and $5,000 for educating residents about the new program.
The savings in the collection contract are largely due to a move from manned garbage trucks to automated ones that require only a driver and use a large arm to grasp the carts and empty them into the truck, Curry said. The $500,000 disposal contract is projected to be reduced by about $100,000 due to a decrease in municipal waste tonnage simply because residents are limited to the amounts their carts may hold, he said.
there is a cost for trash disposal, Curry said, through the landfill disposal contract, the city enjoys free recycling disposal -- meaning an increase in recycling tonnage would have no further cost to the city.
About 13,500 trash carts and 13,500 recycling carts have been delivered to residents, he said, and there are extras of each on hand for those who may want to rent or purchase additional carts.
For those who find the 96-gallon recycling or 64-gallon trash carts too unwieldy, 35-gallon versions of each are available, Curry said.
The three goals of the program, he said, are to reduce cost, help clean the city of litter and encourage recycling, which further reduces cost.
"It's going to take some time for people to get used to the system, but we hope by fall we will see a reduction in the amount of trash that is being produced by residents," Curry said.
Currently, residents of Fitchburg produce more than 15,000 tons of trash, which is picked up at the curbside annually, he said.
"We hope to get that number down to 12,000," Curry said.
Annually, Fitchburg residents produce only about 1,200 tons of recycling, he said.
A similar program was implemented in Leominster in 2009, according to Leominster Public Health Director Chris Knuth, which had similar goals to the one now in effect in Fitchburg.
When asked if it had met those goals, Knuth said, "Absolutely."
Before implementing its tote program, Leominster residents produced 12,700 tons of municipal solid waste, and only 1,100 tons of recycling, he said.
"That's not a very good ratio," Knuth said.
Leominster residents in dwellings of one to four units were given one 64-gallon trash tote and one 64-gallon recycling tote per unit, or 32-gallon totes for either for those producing less trash, he said. Over the course of the first year of its tote contract with Fiore Trucking Recycle & Disposal, municipal waste dropped an average of 294 tons per month, Knuth said. That contract serves about 12,500 families per week at a cost of an estimated $11 million over five years, he said, though that number will likely drop due to a decrease in waste tonnage.
From fiscal 2010 through fiscal 2012, Leominster saved between $289,000 and $303,000 each year, Knuth said, and is projected to save another approximately $300,000 for fiscal 2013. The city spent $900,000 on the totes, he said, so that means a net savings of $367,000 over five years. The next contract, however, won't include a cost for totes, Knuth said, as they are guaranteed for 10 years, though he is certain the quality will assure another 10 years on top of that.
Through these efforts, Leominster reduced its trash tonnage to 9,500 tons in the first year, he said, and to about 8,800 each for the last three years. Recycling has doubled, Knuth said, which won the city a commendation from the state this past year for having been the most improved in that arena.
The carts have also cleaned up the city, he said, and there are much fewer problems with animals getting into trash.
"Everybody's really happy with it," Knuth said. "It was hard for a lot of people to accept at first -- some people were angry -- but it seems everybody's simmered down and they're fine with it now."
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I need some clarification. After reading this article I come to these conclusions.
1). The city of Fitchburg retroactively cost the taxpayers by resetting the 6.7 Million dollar contract to end in April instead of June? And then for May and June agreed to pay under the new 9 million dollar contract?
2). The city agreed to pay waste management over a 33% increase making an agreement to pay 9 Million a year?
Can I ask for assistance with my math? How did we save money? Am I reading it backwards?
I also need to ask, does this article state that the city will pay less for recycling? What is really going on??
The city pays over a million and a half for barrels that are used and profitted from their use to benefit a private company, Waste Manaegement?
So, Waste Management gets to cut costs across the board and the city agrees to a contract that reveils over a 33% increase?? Where are we saving?
According to this article Waste Management won the super bowl for the next 8 years!
Who profits from the scrap?Who profits from the newly formed mountains of recycling material for sale?
Now the city will smell as trash is covering Fitchburg covered in maggots. The rats and other animals such as skunks and raccons are profitting as the overflow finds it way rotting in yards!
The city will have to hire more DPW workers to pick up illegal dumping sites. But I get it Mayor Wong as now water usage and sewer usage will now increase as the entire population is forced into having to utilize over a Million more gallons of water in order to clean out recycables.
According to this article Fitchburg lost and the Waste Management execs scored big!Is it really poor negotiation skills or are there kickbacks? I guess only time will tell!
I apologize as I stand corrected! The contract is not 9 Million annually, It is 9 Million for 6 years as the previous contract was 7 Million for 5 years.
Waste Management is still the winner here; besides the city pulling in more revenues due to increased water usage.
Let me try again. The city is hoping to match Leominsters ability to cut their tonage down by 25%. So we will be sending less tonage to the landfill? So, we will be paying the same for sending less tonage?
And to add we will be doubling recycling? So, someone is profitting by selling more tonage of recyclables to manufacturing plants ect? Such as the one who charged the city over 1.5 Million for barrels made from such recycables?
To add even more profit for waste management, the city pays for the barrels that accomodates waste managments need to hire more employees due to the influx of recycables? Now the city forcibly employed all of fitchburg into replacing workers at waste management for free labor or be fined agreement??
This is a loss, loss and a loss for the city of Fitchburg!Who negotiated this contract?
This is more of a scam than a contract! The entire population within fitchburg just got scammed!
It's good news for you Lynch. Youcan get a shopping cart and look in peoples bins for cans to return and earn nickles. Heck you can even wear a dress while you push the cart and pretend you are shopping!
PLEASE Lynch answer the question... Have you been in jail for more than 5 years and for what?? How do you know the CO beat inmates??
If you can't answer this question than stop writing on this form. Answer the question. Why don't you ever answer questions put to you but always have a comment about everyone else.
I will follow you all over this form asking you to answer the question put to you. Every post you make I will also post to you
I think you are wrong. I beleive that the recycables are now part of a profit machine as I am sure that the cart pushers will be warned to stay away from this private companies profits especially where the city now owns everyones trash containers!
So now when trash is put out no one can go near city property! The many hard working recycling citizens can no longer collect metal and other scrap!
Have an open mind and read into it more. The city is putting up a smoke screen claiming a profit! They first attempt to exclude the cost of the barrels from the ultimate cost increase of the contract!
So the Fitchburg citizens will send 25% less trash tonnage for a higher cost to this private company? This is a control of society issue! Not only does the trash cans make Fitchburg appear to be Nazi but there are even numbers on the barrels! This is controlled freedom issues at hand. You now have no choice as our local government mandated us all into accomodating a private company who operates for profit!
What is next Wong? What about city purchased water hoses? Mail boxes, now there is an idea. Mandate all of Fitchburg to have to buy a certain mailbox from a certain company! Hey maybe this company could contribute to your campaign as well?
Who are you? And what is your obsession?
Idiot. This is exactly why you would be so dangerous to fitchburg if you were mayor. You have no clue what you're talking about. When is that ever going to stick in that think skull of yours?
Are the new recycling bins issued by the Health Dept. larger or smaller than your prison cell?
Maybe he dosn't like trash bins because he's not sure if he can fit a dead body in one. He just likes to leave them on the sidewalk.
I want to know who negotiated this new contract? How is it that we agreed to pay 9 million for six years and at the same time we project a 25% reduction in trash tonnage picked up?
The old contract was 6.7 Million for five years!
Did the citys' negotiator even make any points regarding the 25% reduction in trash tonnage? The fact that the privately owned trash contractor was going to see an increase of 100% to their recycling mountain for sale? Did the negotiator state that this privately owned trash contractor was going to be able to seriously cut their labor cost due to the mandatory city backed recycling program that utilizes the time and financial expenditures of EVERY fitchburg citizen for a ZERO cost concerning labor?
How does a city employ at no cost EVERY Fitchburg citizen for the financial benefit of a privately owned business???
What is happening here in Fitchburg? I can only GUESS at who will be contracted to build the new city hall!!!! Let me look back at who has received free city property lately?
It's not mandatory. If you want you can take your trash to the land fill every week, pay a fee and burn up some gas on your way. Let's face it, if anyone you have the time to do it.
yeah, but dont forget i dont got a license.
Then how can you be Mayor with no license? How you going to get around the city as Mayor
I was going to hire my bed buddy to drive me around.
I get the feeling some of you don't like a certain person. Just because someone is unemployed was convicted of murder and killed his dog does that realy make him a bad person?
and dont forget assaulting an off-duty officer and screwing people out of large sums of money!
You really have issues huh? No one owes you a red cent! Go away before I bring civil action as I will attach your house to the settlement!
You have been posting under different IP addresses! You are a NASTY fool! You, stalk this Larry guy too. He should put a civil action against you also as I will testify for him against your nasty ways!
So, how is the fake facebook account that you set up for your ex?
You've gone so far past the point of no return Mr. Lynch it's not funny anymore. You ask questions on comment boards as if the people who should be answering them are here waiting for you to ask! Go to the town meetings, if you can behave yourself there, ask the questions you want answered. Otherwise, you need to STFU on these boards, you're a clown and a wasteful one at that! And everyone is sick and tired of hearing your BS here, every thread ends up being about YOU! No matter what it's about, someone say's the sky is blue, turns into you, someone say's that water is wet, it's a Lynch mob thread again!
GO to F-ken Florida, it's perfect for you. While you're there, look up Stamos, then we can all read about how two ex-Fitchburgers battled it out on a FLA highway until both were dead!
Only then will the people of this city have PEACE!
If you were doing some good, fine, nobody would care, you're not, ever doing that since you have no idea how to do that!
Take a flying leap, PLEASE!!
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