Fitchburg residents shrug at new trash system
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#1 Jul 23, 2012
Fitchburg residents shrug at new trash system
Sentinel & Enterprisesenlandenterprise.com
Posted: 07/23/2012 06:31:31 AM EDT
By Nick Mallard
nmallard@sentinelandenterprise .com @nmallard on Twitter
FITCHBURG -- The new garbage and recycling program instituted in Fitchburg might be saving the city a substantial amount of money in the long run, but several residents say they've seen little change in service.
The city is saving nearly $200,000 per year in its curbside trash-pickup contract by switching from manned trucks to automated ones using an arm to grasp containers and empty the contents, Public Health Director Stephen Curry has said.
But the change in technique hasn't changed much in the service department, some residents say.
"I haven't noticed too much of a difference," said Jeff Petry, a West Fitchburg resident. "I'm able to get all my trash into the cans they've provided, so it's not a problem at all. If it saves the city some money, it's probably a good thing."
With the large green trash and recycling canisters lining many city streets Sunday afternoon, it appeared many residents also welcomed the new program.
Petry noted that while he had no problem disposing of his garbage in the 64-gallon trash receptacle delivered to him by the city, he had seen canisters around the city overflowing with garbage and with larger items nearby.
"People are still throwing trash everywhere," he said. "Having a truck that just deals with the barrels they've handed out isn't working for some people, I
Resident Karen Silva noted that the 96-gallon recycling carts are strong encourgement to sort what she's throwing out.
"I had smaller bins before, so they'd often be overflowing. Now, I can get everything in," Silva said. "I think having the space will help get other people to start sorting things as well."
The addition of large recycling carts comes with the aim of lowering the amount of trash Fitchburg residents produce, while allowing the city to take advantage of free recycling disposal.
"I recycled before and I'm doing it now," Diane Fullerton said. "And even though the trash can is bigger, you're still doing the same thing. Nothing has changed."
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#2 Jul 23, 2012
This is a serious health issue within Fitchburg that officials are not paying attention to. I can bring you to dozens of houses where this trash is overbearing.
After the trash is left behind most will drag the trash back into their yards, sheds and hallways. this does not help the situation at all.
I live in the college area. The students are not back as of yet and the trash program is leaving behind mountains of trash. Yes, the majority of residents have adhered to the new system. It is a nightmare believe me.
Most of this trash may be out of sight but the rats, skunks and possums will be traveling throughout.
These rodents may not be eating trash at your home but they may just be setting up residence at your home and shelter. A place to have their offspring.
Pointing fingers at low income/poor residents is not going to solve the problem. It is easy to appoint blame. WE NEED TO FIX THE PROBLEM BY ADDRESSING IT.
I cannot believe that this article depicts the serious problem in a photo but then addresses the issue utilyzing those residents comments whom do not have an issue with the new program.
I have adhered to the new system myself but I have walked around and drove around Fitchburg and have seen a mess.
Keep ignoring this problem and Fitchburg will quickly turn into the slum that some have attempted to label this city.
Fitchburg is not a slum. In the past two years ;THE RESIDENTS HAVE BEEN PARTICIPATING IN CLEANUP AT A HIGHER RATE. As with the college area. When the students leave the residents sweep up all the trash,glass and rubbish left behind. We enjoy a clean neighborhood until the students come back.
When they do come back the trash build up is going to tripple overnight.
#3 Jul 23, 2012
I have written letters to our reps and to Mayor Wong. Yes, Mayor Wong was seen driving by afterwards.
The overloaded left behind trash had been dragged back in by most residents. If the Mayor had taken a left then she would have seen some trash left behind with torn open bags just like is seen in this article.
If you continue down to congress place it is even worse than the picture that you seen depicted in the paper. Then go onto Highland Ave.
Look into residents yards, behind their houses. There is trash building up around Fitchburg. this is food trash.
As it is the new barrels for some reason create a maggot situation. I think it may be the moisture inside along with enough breaches for a fly to lay its eggs.
I applaud the Mayor with her response if that is why she was driving down Cedar street after my letter.
Instead of pointing the easy finger of blame, we need to address this situation.
Yes, the fact is that their are familys' living in fitchburg below the poverty level whom cannot afford the ten dollars to get rid of mattreses ect.
So, now their will be those who post;"I am not going to pay for their trash"..ect. Maybe not but you will be paying for an exterminator as the rodents set up shop at your house and or under your shed close to the food source.
#4 Jul 23, 2012
"These rodents may not be eating trash at your home but they may just be setting up residence at your home and shelter. A place to have their offspring."
Hey Lynch--does this mean you can use a fresh, new gerbil each time or do you prefer to use an "experienced" gerbil?
#5 Jul 23, 2012
I would never want to point fingers at low income residents. I mean we already give them free housing, free cell phones, free money, free food, free insurance, why not owe them free trash pickup around their subsidized properties! Let's beautify the ghetto's!
#6 Jul 23, 2012
If someone is throwing away a mattress, it usually means they bought a new one and they DO have $10 to have the old one removed, but they are too lazy to bother.
#7 Jul 23, 2012
You are just a vey sick individual. For society's sake as a whole I really hope and pray that you are not a cop nor a city or state employee!!
Get some help!
#8 Jul 23, 2012
I seen your type coming! "we already give them free..." You profit off these individuals as you invest in traiter corporations who pay them low wages or send their jobs all together oversees.
Do you think Romneys' 20 Million dollar a year salary includes stipends for free everything? Now you will tell me that this vulture capitalist is "free enterprise". Free to be a vulture??
So, it starts like this. Pay them low wages, no healthcare benefits,lay them off and send their jobs oversees. Then as a Republican block their need for unemployment benefits.
There is no commonsense in your argument. Bring back job opportunities, if they don't take them due to snubbing their nose at them, then point fingers and change laws!
Did you read todays report on poverty in the US? Guess what braniac, this means that the American consumer market is lagging. Your investments will dwindle.
You talk about poor money management? The vulture capitalist as Romney sold Americans out for profit through outsourcing all their jobs for profit. As America was forced to borrow in order to survive the Republicans wanted to have Americas' poor to die in the streets.
The modern day vulture capitalist such as Romney have destroyed Americas' fabric and the American dream. If you want to point fingers point it in the right direction.
#9 Jul 23, 2012
My girlfriend bought me some new Nikes and guess what country they were made in. I'll give you a hint, it doesn't start with a U. I suppose that's Romneys fault too.
What's wrong Lynch? Are you afraid you could be standing on the sidewalk and they might throw you in the back of the trash truck?
#10 Jul 23, 2012
Free cell phones? Why is the government advertising free cell phones? Why do they send individuals constant mailings to encourage free cell phones? Yes, this is a total waste of money. But there must be a person profitting so you need to follow that link!
Free insurance? This is not true. The poor is taxed beyond recognition. Lets go through the expenses.
Unitil =$350 a month average for heat and electricity. Food equals=$100 a week per person($400 a month for single) Gas for the car=$60 a week($240 a month) Car insurance=$200 a month. Toiletries=$50 a month. Rent=$600 a month.
So already, half way through. A single person needs for basics=$1,840.
This does not include excise tax, sales tax, clothing, haircuts,hospital needs, furniture needs nor money for fees on overdrafts and unpaid excise tax and fees charges.
Now at $8.00 an hour that is $1,280 a month before taxes are taken out. for argument sake say they bring home $900 a month after taxes.
So, for just the basics this guy is already in the hole $940 a month. And this doesn't include all needs. So they go out and get a credit card to survive.Premier has a deal where you can get a card; pay them $100 application fee and recieve a total available credit after annual fees of $175. And then a 29% interest fee on that $175.
It is called flipping and putting the debt off in order to survive. And no this monthly expense does not include TV,Cable nor cell phone.
So, here we have someone working in a very tough physical demanding job for $8 an hour ($14,000 a year) while Romney is hardly working at all and pulling in 20 Million a year!
Now the 20 million a year guy wants to be heard as he wants healthcare taken away from that hard working guy. If that guy looses his job due to Romneys' need for free enterprise vulturism then the Romney and the Republican machine want to limit their unemployment compensation.
And if that person needs food stamps, housing assistance, welfare then the 20 Million dollar a year hardly working man wants to take those benefits away from that pauper.
It is funny how the Republicans flip the conversation and are able to label the dems as socialist when in actuality the Romneys are Socialist at the highest order as they have been able under Bush and under the Republican hostage taking of the unemployment extensions been able to redistribute the wealth onto the least working American citizens such as Romney!
The only conservative gene in Romney is the want to higher Illegal painters and landscapers on his property while hard working Americans are unemployed in those fields!!!!!!
#11 Jul 23, 2012
Romneys only reply "Obama is picking on wealthy/successful people". Oh, poor baby!
While Romeny and the Republicans hold hostage the unemployment extensions until Obama gives into giving the "poor","afflict ed" wealthy Americans more wealth.
While the Republicans want to take health care away from poor americans!
The Republicans are vultures as they prey on working class Americans while making them think that this hard working class is getting cheated by the poorer population. it is and old game where they pit the poor against the poor while the vultures are able to profit during the fighting.
It is distraction! They did it during the race wars as they pinned poor whites against poor blacks all the while the vultures sat back an profitted!
Now some will say "free enterprise" and others will say well if you knew the game why didn't you play in it for profit? I answer ; I have more respect for my fellow human being unlike the greedy vultures who would sell their own mothers' for profit!
And then to add these wealthy vultures will claim to "christianity and other religions" stating that they live by Gods virtues! Really?? I believe that throughout the bible it states that if you are a wealthy vulture at judgment day then you go to hell! But they skip them pages and point at gays. It is personal distraction but I truly believe that God is not going for it.
#12 Jul 23, 2012
Well, maybe the person you are talking about should take a page out of Romneys book and then he can be a millionaire too!
#13 Jul 23, 2012
America has changed as the vultures have increased in numbers. Wealth is accumulated overnight at the cost of entire "ways of life".
These newly formed vultures have exploited everything for profit. 100s of Millions is not good enough as they want Billions and then they reach for the highest 100s of Billions.
These vultures have destroyed America as we once loved. We have surpassed Americas worst depression vultures as once again these vultures attempt to malign "wealthy people" as being the equivalent of the "good people". The "worthy" ones to recieve "proper" healthcare.
I compare as equals the drug kingpins and the wealthy vultures as the same cloth. Both destroy families in their pursuit of greedy wealth.
"Accomplished" is the label Romney puts on himself and simular human beings! Accomplished at destroying families and societies,YES!!!
Next, they will have their own religion. If you are poor, you are evil! If you are poor you do not deserve the same health care that the "wealthy/accomplished " deserve as you haven't crushed families in your wake and desire for wealth!
We are back to the days of the Titanic as the wealthy guy states after being told that there was only enough lifeboats for half the passengers,"there is enough for the "good half"!LMAO
Romney, take that health care and stick it up your ass! Take the food stamps and CHOKE on them"!!!
This America can tell Romney come election time. Rise up and vote for equality and send Romney to Dubai for good so he can rub all his aquired jewels that he has from crushing the American dream of thousands of Americans!
Accomplished? Why, because he obtained enough wealth to tripple his money by outsourcing EVERY AMERICAN job for profit to China and India?
His ways of the modern day Vulture/traitor to America forced president Bush then Obama into having to borrow and beg from china so Americans could continue to eat!!
While this was happening the Romneys profitted! Nice,huh?
#14 Jul 23, 2012
I anticipated your reply as I answered to this in my last post. Romney alone could just give Fitchburg a years salary which is 20 Million for him to entreprenuers and start ups as a gesture of the beginning of his repentence for what he caused so many thousands of Americans as they recieved their pink slips and then forclosure notices and then the Republicans hostage taking of unemployment benefits, health care and their other obstructionism ways!
As drug dealers use to state, "if I don't sell the drugs someone else will and profit"! I use to state then let them and stop bitching about drug laws!
Give me a million dollars this year and I will tripple it by next year! It isn't rocket science.
It is like the university recieving multi millions to construct and upgrade and then watching "accolades" given to those who are in charge during the influx of monies coming in.
We have become a society of twisted greed! Look at Penn State and what is happening there! It took close to two decades in order to address these issues due to the "Accolades" and the protection and cover up machine that we have created. "He is an accomplished man!
We need to hold individuals accountable no matter their connections. We are a society that protects "the wealthy,accomplished". Wealth again is wrongfully being labeled "good people".
The Republicans are stating that ONLY these "wealthy,accomplished " deserve proper healthcare. So the more people that you crush financially, the more families you totally destroy the better health care you recieve!
Electing Romney would be the equivalent to rewarding EVIL! This is what people do not want to hear as the guilt makes them squirm!"How dare that "ex-convict" state that to me! Isn't he "Gay" too? "How dare that gay ex-convict say that to me."
Then comes the hatred and attempted put downs as you will see posted here!
#15 Jul 23, 2012
I'm sorry you lost me. Where did I write gay ex-convict?
#16 Jul 23, 2012
It means someone bought a new mattress but not necessarily the person throwing out an old one. Many people have to live their lives scrimping by on hand-me-downs.
#17 Jul 24, 2012
Okay, so they cut the mattress up into pieces and put in their trash over a period of time to save $10. Jeez.
#18 Jul 24, 2012
Does anyone ever understand what Lynch is blabbering about on the different threads? I can't figure out what Mitt Romney has to do with Fitchbug trash collecting?
#19 Jul 24, 2012
I think I almost understand. if someone gets up in the morning and works har to be a success he's a vulture but if a person wants stay home sit on his ass and collect welfare thats good and everyone should just give them everything for free?
Get off your ass and earn your money you greedy little punk.
#20 Jul 25, 2012
I am sure he is sitting there laughing every day at us middle class fools who go to work every day to pay taxes so he can sit on his lazy ass.
Oh well, I own more than one home and do not have to live in my mommy's basement.
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