Lunenburg may impose added trash fee - Sentinel & Enterprise

Town Manager Kerry Speidel said Friday she may propose charging an annual participation fee for residents who take advantage of the town's trash and recycling pickup service. Full Story
Here we go again

Leominster, MA

#1 Jul 17, 2010
Your reasoning makes no sense!
You want to charge the residents more money to determine WHO is using the program??? Uhmmm is that why the bags are BRIGHT YELLOW...and your statement that the trash company gets slowed down to LOOK for the bags is ridiculous...Hello... try taking a look at the whole process when you see them. The driver SITS and waits until the other guy throws all the trash in. What do you think the driver is doing while waiting??? He's looking ahead on the street where all the YELLOW bags are...get a clue please! and stop adding on more expenses to people that in this economy we can not afford.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#2 Jul 17, 2010
Yes Kerry, we all want to pay you $20.00 each so you can figure out whose using the program. How about you get in your car and drive the 100 miles of LBurg roads with your new IT exec in the passenegr seat, a laptop and GPS with Excel open and multitask. I'll keep my $20.00 bucks. Or use the $2,00.00 in the contract and see if Antonioni over at the University of Mass-Fitchburg can get you a Marketing intern on the 2@K stipend and combine the whole effort in a marketing project. Or wait until the Emerald place revenue comes in, lower the cost of the program and give us all a break. etc. etc. etc.
Concerned

Worcester, MA

#3 Jul 17, 2010
Just like "wonder man" Dan Keys, it's time for you to move on, Kerry! Seems like our wonderful town leaders can't recognize real ability, or lack thereof.
steve

Leominster, MA

#4 Jul 17, 2010
We need to pay for the new trash cans that cost $3,000 a piece at the lakefront somehow. I say put a dumpster at the dpw and have our dpw employees while there riding around in the town trucks pick up the trash barrels and dump them in the dumpster. How long to you expect these solar powered trash cans will last at the lake-front?? The town of Lunenburg loves spending our money, our taxes are $5,000 a year and we get nothing in return. I can't wait for the elections!!
Shag

Columbia, SC

#5 Jul 17, 2010
So the plan is that the users will pay more so that the company can be more efficient. The company saves money through reduced fees where they unload and less time for the trucks when they pick up. Mysteriously these savings will disappear, and the users will get hosed. Please let all of us know where you studied economics. Was Jenny Benson in your class. You think alike.
parent in the burg

Belmont, MA

#6 Jul 17, 2010
The company saves money and keeps getting bigger and bigger but will continue to lay people off and make the "uncover boss" richer and richer...
another burger

Leominster, MA

#7 Jul 17, 2010
I would oppose a fee for information. But I would not oppose it for a benefit. I suggest this $20 fee include one of those large green bins. I currently rent one at about $25 per yr. This would benefit all by keeping the info & keeping the town slightly neater.
Lunenburg Resident

Sterling, MA

#8 Jul 17, 2010
I pay about 125.00 every 3 months for trash pickup/recycable pickup every week by Waste management. No buying yellow bags wherever they are sold and guessing how much they will go up.

It is much cleaner and less hassle for not much more than you are paying now.

Lunenburg is one of the nicer towns around. It surprises me that residents here fight to save pennies/nickels and have 2 suv's in the driveway.

Bigger town goverment strikes again. Get rid of the town trash pickup and use the tax money for more cops and firefighters!
al g

Leominster, MA

#9 Jul 17, 2010
Another fee, another tax, higher property taxes, fees at the registry and everywhere else going up. It will never end, the state is broke, the country is broke. Print some more money. How's all that hope and change working out for you?
DJB

Windham, NH

#10 Jul 17, 2010
It's easier for the WM driver to look for yellow bags than to try looking for addresses on houses to match a list of customers. I drove for them for 10 years so I know what's easier. The only thing that would save time is knowing that a whole street isn't participating.Also I don't know where they got the price of $50 per month for a private hauler because that's way off unless it's for a dumpster. D and D Waste in Fitchburg can do pickups for $30 a month if enough people in an area are interested. That's like buying 3 30 gallon bags per week. They will also take large items for much less than WM and go in the house to get them if needed.
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#11 Jul 17, 2010
Shag wrote:
So the plan is that the users will pay more so that the company can be more efficient. The company saves money through reduced fees where they unload and less time for the trucks when they pick up. Mysteriously these savings will disappear, and the users will get hosed. Please let all of us know where you studied economics. Was Jenny Benson in your class. You think alike.
She must be still studying as Jen would have ended her statement that "Its a Win-Win".
Blogenburgian

Clinton, MA

#12 Jul 17, 2010
Lunenburg Resident wrote:
I pay about 125.00 every 3 months for trash pickup/recycable pickup every week by Waste management. No buying yellow bags wherever they are sold and guessing how much they will go up.
It is much cleaner and less hassle for not much more than you are paying now.
Lunenburg is one of the nicer towns around. It surprises me that residents here fight to save pennies/nickels and have 2 suv's in the driveway.
Bigger town goverment strikes again. Get rid of the town trash pickup and use the tax money for more cops and firefighters!
More cops and firefighters,what for. See above post and enroll in the Jen B and KS school of economics.
timot

Fitchburg, MA

#13 Jul 18, 2010
Kerry you should run for state office,you seem to have a knack of how to waste taxpayer money.Hell,you'd fit right in.
george jetson

AOL

#14 Jul 19, 2010
Lunenburg Resident wrote:
I pay about 125.00 every 3 months for trash pickup/recycable pickup every week by Waste management. No buying yellow bags wherever they are sold and guessing how much they will go up.
It is much cleaner and less hassle for not much more than you are paying now.
Lunenburg is one of the nicer towns around. It surprises me that residents here fight to save pennies/nickels and have 2 suv's in the driveway.
Bigger town goverment strikes again. Get rid of the town trash pickup and use the tax money for more cops and firefighters!
My family of 4 averages 2 yellow bags/week with simple recycling making my cost about $65 every 3 months-about 1/2 your $125.
I'd guess most people end up with their trash in a plastic bag of some sort-not sure why the color would matter for ease of use. Recycling takes the same effort no matter who hauls it away.
Seems the yellow bags are a pretty good deal and the program has been effective in encouraging recycling.
Fed up

Billerica, MA

#15 Jul 19, 2010
Why exactly does collecting this information have to come in the form of a fee? How surprising that our town government in Lunenburg cannot think of a way to collect data on who is using the system without reaching into our wallets.

How about this simple idea? Waste Management is the one that stands to gain the most benefit from having people sign up on a user list. Therefore, Waste Management should have a simple sign up form on their web site as well as an 800 number. Both bits of information could be printed on the damn bag.

If the list must be checked every year Waste Management could send out a simple email reminding people to renew on the web site. People on the list who do not respond within a month could get a simple postcard like most dentist and eye doctors send reminding people of appointments.

Lunenburg officials need to start using their brains for things other than concocting new ways to waste our money. The town is getting way to expensive to live in, and the citizens are receiving less and less return on investment. It's time to jettison all of the incumbents and start over with some fresh minds in my opinion.

Since: Feb 09

Lunenburg

#17 Jul 20, 2010
Fed up wrote:
Taxachusetts officials need to start using their brains for things other than concocting new ways to waste our money. The state is getting way to expensive to live in, and the citizens are receiving less and less return on investment. It's time to jettison all of the incumbents and start over with some fresh minds in my opinion.
lol, i fixed it for ya!!

i do agree with your unmodified points though.
Nonsense

Lowell, MA

#18 Jul 22, 2010
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. One bad idea and it's time to get rid of her. Maybe that's why Lunenburg is the way it is.
yep

AOL

#19 Jul 22, 2010
Nonsense wrote:
Yeah, that makes a lot of sense. One bad idea and it's time to get rid of her. Maybe that's why Lunenburg is the way it is.
Well said

better yet, when will these inflamed repeat posters figure out the sentinel tends to getmaybe half the story, then only publishes what will get a reaction?
Whalom resident

Belmont, MA

#20 Sep 12, 2010
One bag last me 2 weeks, just my wife and me, with recycling, not bad. I just don't know why I see the wm truck go by my house 3-4 times on Tuesday?

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