The following is a report from a meeting held this week with other Downtown Boston neighborhoods on the trash and recycling situation.
-Various members of Beacon Hill Civic Association, as well as their Trash & Sidewalks Committee and Green Committee
-the Director of Chinatown Main Street
-a Member of Chinatown Benevolent Association
-Maria Puopolo, Office of State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz
-David Marx, North End / Waterfront Neighborhood Council (NEWNC)
We went through each item on the current trash situation as it pertains to each of the 3 neighborhoods represented at the meeting.
The BHCA’s Green Committee created a survey in order to gauge the interest of increasing recycling pick-up on Beacon Hill. The survey took place from December 2012 through March 2013. It was emailed to all BHCA members and listed on Beacon Hill Patch. 532 residents responded to their survey. In the BHCA survey, 65% would like a 2 day trash/recycling schedule, 35% would like to keep the current schedule (3 days trash, 1 day recycling).
This contrasts with the response to our recent North End survey’s identical question (56% vs. 44%, respectively), as well as 60% for 3 days/week and 40% for 2 days/week (in response to our survey’s question “How many days per week do you need the City to pick up your non-recycling trash?”).
The results of their survey were presented to the DPA’s Commissioner Massaro and Frank O’Brien, as well as the new head of Environmental Services.
The gentleman from Chinatown is going to implement a survey similar to ours.
We all seem to share the same trash and rodent issues (although our rodent issue seems to have improved somewhat).
Trash and recycling policies are the same in each neighborhood, although the Chinatown residents and especially the restaurant owners barely / rarely seem to recycle. BHCA members agreed that Capitol trash company is sloppy, etc.
We are going to each email 5 – 6 best ideas / practices to BHCA’s Trash & Sidewalks Committee’s chairperson this week, hopefully have the Chinatown survey implemented, await its results, arrive at a consensus and present our unified ideas / stance to the pertinent city officials.
Note: Beacon Hill residents and the BCHA, in particular, favor trash and recyclables being placed outside between 6 – 9am the SAME DAY as pick-up, and BHCA’s Green Committee is really pushing for more recycling. They are researching successful examples of trash and recycling policies (e.g. San Francisco, which only has 1 recycling day per week) to see what can be implemented in Boston.