Sanford Maine’s Pay-Per-Bag Program Idea

Sanford Maine’s Pay-Per-Bag Program Idea

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Jim

United States

#1 Mar 19, 2010
The Town of Sanford Maine is mulling over the idea to institute a pay-per-bag program for town sanitation services. A portion of this program sets the costs for special trash bags that townspeople must buy in order to have their weekly accumulation of rubbish and recyclables picked up at their dwellings by Town sanitation services. The prices established for these special bags are $1.25 for a 15 gallon bag and $2.00 for a 33 gallon trash bag. These dollar and cents amounts set by the town government for these trash bags are too expensively priced and should be lowered to coinage amounts instead for each size bag to make them more affordable for townspeople who want to buy them in order to participate in this pay-per-bag program to have their rubbish and recyclables removed by the town. Prices between one and two dollars could actually buy a consumer an entire box of trash bags bearing a no-name brand name at many retailers in Sanford. So, is it then, appropriate pricing policy for the town to sell their pay-per-bag trash bags at prices that can buy townspeople more than just one trash bag? Sanford’s pay-per-bag program has been conceived to generate more monies for the town government during difficult budget times, but generating this revenue by shortchanging townspeople on the number of bags they can get for a particular amount of money is an inappropriate way to generate these funds and should be reconsidered by town officials.
taxpayer

Eddington, ME

#2 Mar 27, 2010
As a taxpayer and homeowner in Sanford I do not think we should have to pay for this service. I do support recycling but do not support paying for a service that is supposed to be included in our taxes. I think people are going to try to find other ways of disposing their trash so they don't have to pay for the bags-burning, dumping on the side of the road or on other peoples property. I think the town is just using this as a excuse to make up for lost monies from the govt. which is totally wrong and deceitful.
rob

Sanford, ME

#3 Mar 28, 2010
taxpayer wrote:
As a taxpayer and homeowner in Sanford I do not think we should have to pay for this service. I do support recycling but do not support paying for a service that is supposed to be included in our taxes. I think people are going to try to find other ways of disposing their trash so they don't have to pay for the bags-burning, dumping on the side of the road or on other peoples property. I think the town is just using this as a excuse to make up for lost monies from the govt. which is totally wrong and deceitful.
Taxpayer, Consider it a tax increase. You pay for all services already. But we ARE "the town". Cost increases to the town are always conveyed to the towns people. Nothing is free. I share your concern for illegal dumping which should be dealt with harshly. Hopefully it will result in a reduction of waste the people generate as they realize that everything they purchase will one day end up as waste and has a future cost of disposal. People should demand products with less packaging. Reduce, reuse, and recycle will begin to mean something to those that have chosen to ignore the inevitable. It is a user tax. Those that waste the most, pay the most.
rob

Sanford, ME

#4 Mar 28, 2010
Jim wrote:
The Town of Sanford Maine is mulling over the idea to institute a pay-per-bag program for town sanitation services. A portion of this program sets the costs for special trash bags that townspeople must buy in order to have their weekly accumulation of rubbish and recyclables picked up at their dwellings by Town sanitation services. The prices established for these special bags are $1.25 for a 15 gallon bag and $2.00 for a 33 gallon trash bag. These dollar and cents amounts set by the town government for these trash bags are too expensively priced and should be lowered to coinage amounts instead for each size bag to make them more affordable for townspeople who want to buy them in order to participate in this pay-per-bag program to have their rubbish and recyclables removed by the town. Prices between one and two dollars could actually buy a consumer an entire box of trash bags bearing a no-name brand name at many retailers in Sanford. So, is it then, appropriate pricing policy for the town to sell their pay-per-bag trash bags at prices that can buy townspeople more than just one trash bag? Sanford’s pay-per-bag program has been conceived to generate more monies for the town government during difficult budget times, but generating this revenue by shortchanging townspeople on the number of bags they can get for a particular amount of money is an inappropriate way to generate these funds and should be reconsidered by town officials.
Jim. Your not just paying for the bag, your paying for the cost of disposal for whatever you put in it as well. Hefty and Glad won't do that for you.
BC-Springvale

Sanford, ME

#5 May 25, 2010
The best solution to this problem is to require everyone to deliver their trash to the transfer station, or hire a service of their own. Like other towns, Ogunquit for example, the first bag is free and $1.00 each beyond the first. Permits to the dump should be altered, however, so they expire twelve months from date of purchase rather than once a year (no mater when purchased) as they do now.
I do agree that we need to be much more concious of what we are throwing away and how goods are packaged. Too many products are in packages within packages. If we do not want to go the way of the dinosaur we need to return to a much simpler life.
Smitty

United States

#6 Jun 18, 2010
I feel this is ridiculous:

1. I as a taxpayer am already paying for the service, so what changed? I'm assuming our tax bills will not be offset by the new charges. I want to know what the actual numbers are that made them do this.

2. They claim "it's fair" to make everyone pay for trash. I agree, however as stated above I'm ALREADY paying, now I have to pay more??

3. I choose recycled bags to help cut down on waste even more, I doubt theirs will be recycled.

I guarantee this will promote increased illegal dumping, which I find to be enough of a problem already.
Rex

Bar Harbor, ME

#7 Jul 8, 2010
The welfare recipients have caused this, they don't pay taxes and leach all of their lives and never recycle. Will food stamps cover the cost of their bags?
BSS

Eddington, ME

#8 Jul 14, 2010
Ten dollars for five bags is crazy. I do recycle but there are still many things you can't throw in there like napkins,paper towels, frozen food bags etc.etc etc. What if you don't have a way of composting any suggestions here? I do hope people of this town do more recycling but also vote this down come Nov.
BSS

Eddington, ME

#9 Jul 14, 2010
Did you all see the 4th of july parade? What a joke. It was like watching a big advertisement for politicians and business owners and for kids to get free candy. The HS band was good and the shriners and cloggers but thats about it.
Joe

Westport, MA

#10 Aug 2, 2010
Wrong town for this program, wrong time to implement it, wrong details on the program....

I wish that Sanford would have kept in mind the large portion of the local economy received from tourists and summer residents. It is unrealistic to think there will be high compliance among this group as they have to figure out where to get the bags, where to dump them, etc. They also have less at stake with illegal dumping.

Starting this program partly through the rental/summer season guarantees even well intentioned renters and landlords will not get the word in time for full compliance.

Lastly, the bags are clearly priced too high. I agree with the goal of increasing recycling but at this cost the program will only encourage illegal dumping and increased costs to the town in cleaning up all the illegal trash.

I would not want to be a dumpster owner in Sanford now.
Helen

Beloeil, Canada

#11 Aug 15, 2010
I was at a friends house in Sanf. last weekend. She has already had garbage left in her driveway once. A bag of grass/garden clippings and dog poop.......nice.
She put it in one of her own purple bags to get rid of the scumball's crap. Literally.

I am sure more stories like this will be surfacing soon.

This is a really bad idea.

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