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The Cheshire Town Council heard from residents Tuesday night during a public information session about the new expanded recycling program.
The overwhelming sentiment from the handful of residents who spoke was that the new toters were too big.
The Town is moving forward with expanded single stream recycling later this fall and, as such, will be purchasing new toters to replace the current 18-gallon buckets. Most residents will be receiving the 96-gallon toter, while some others will receive the smaller 64-gallon variety. Those who spoke at the meeting last night, Sept. 11, felt the smaller of the two options was the best option.
“I am amazed at the size of these toters. Good grief, you’ll need a separate garage just to hold it,” said resident Jane Dickus. “These things are monstrous. It’s outlandish. The people I’ve talked to do not want this monster.”
The move from the current 18-gallon bins was “not a knee-jerk reaction,” Town Councilor Andy Falvey stated, explaining that staff and the Council have been discussing it and reviewing the plan for months. The new bins are expected to be delivered to residents starting in October, and the new every two week pick up schedule to begin in late November.
“I am very much in favor of the program but I think you’re making an error rolling out 96-gallon containers to everyone,” said resident Susan Dillman.
Town Council Chairman Tim Slocum said that, when the residents receive the toters, the expectation is to “survive four cycles,” or about eight weeks, with the new program. At that time, residents can call and try to request a smaller, or perhaps larger, toter. While some residents have concerns over the size of the toters, Falvey and the Council could not guarantee a different size for everyone who asked.
“We will work with the residents and try to make it work the best we can,” Falvey said. “Give it a chance, and you’ll find this recycling program is worthwhile.”
Read more about this story, including more comments from residents and Town Councilors, in the Sept. 13 edition of The Cheshire Herald.