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District 1 City Councilor Sal LaMattina is sponsoring a public hearing at the City Council regarding the hours for residential trash placement and collection services. A proposed pilot program will be discussed for the downtown Boston neighborhoods eliminating the overnight placement of trash on the sidewalks and allowing trash to be put out beginning at 6:00 am on the morning of the pickup day with collection starting at 9:00 am.

The Trash Collection Hearing for Downtown Neighborhoods is scheduled on Monday, March 3, 2014, 6:00pm at Boston City Hall, 5th Floor. The public is welcome to testify or submit written comments, as indicated below.

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9 COMMENTS

  1. Nice to see. Next step should be to eliminate the unnecessary three times a week pickup. Reduce it to a twice-a-week pickup that includes both trash and recycling on same day. Babysteps 🙂

  2. Exactly John, people will figure it out. I predict this will work out just fine and then everyone will look back and wonder what the commotion was about. I think we are very spoiled with the three day a week pickup and I think it makes us all very lazy and complacent. If we want to do something about the state of filth in the neighborhood then we have to act, try something different, make some sacrifices. This is a great step. I only hope that someday soon we reduce pickup to twice a week.

  3. Has anyone looked into how this will be enforced? My understanding is that they don’t give out many trash tickets as it is, will they really have someone on the street from 8pm – 6am looking for illegal trash bags? I can’t see this being a very effective solution.

  4. as i’ve said before, people are going to continue to put the trash out whenever they feel is good for them! some just don’t care. unless enforcement comes into play, nothing will change. i see it all the time. they come out of the building w/ bag in hand , on any given day, at any given time, and drop it in front of any building but the one they walked out of. some of the tenants that are here temporarily,are the worst offenders. they will be gone in a year or so, then the next wave comes in. cutting pickups down to 2x’s a week only means trash will sit there even longer. how about giving enforcement jobs to the few welfare/unemployed who want to work. what’s the difference if you give them money to stay home or go to work. some do WANT to work.

    • The vast majority of residents abide by the correct times now. I’m quite certain, within a few weeks, the same folks will abide by the new times as well. So the vast majority of trash will only be on the street for three hours, at most. That’s a vast improvement. And the bags are are out overnight will stand out that much more. Gotta do something different…you just can’t complain about the trash and offer no alternatives. This is a very good alternative, IMO.

  5. Ask a friend to help you out. If you live alone I’m sure you don’t have a lot of trash what’s another bag between friends.
    At the end of the month buy them something nice for your appreciation.

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