Keep Worcester Clean August Meeting Minutes

Because I know there are at least two of you who are interested, they’re here.

On page 4 of the minutes:

“Jim [who is totally my new BFF, but we’ll discuss that in greater detail next week] said that God’s Acre is now blocked with boulders.  … Amanda reported that they got someone who lives on Stafford St who illegally dumped at Swan Ave.  Jen said that the maximum amount they can be fined is $200 because we don’t have the legislation renewed which would allow us to get triple our costs.  B. Fiore said Christina is looking at this to see if it passed.”  (Note: it did.)

Also of interest…They’ve gotten 200 responses to the litter survey.  Please fill it out if you haven’t already!

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5 thoughts on “Keep Worcester Clean August Meeting Minutes

  1. Hannah says:

    Hmm… interesting. Maybe GIRF should be in contact with the KWC people.

  2. Emily says:

    Do you think the littering has anything to do with Worcester’s pay-per-bag trash system? When I lived in Clinton, which had a similar system, I would see lots of littering along the side of the road with what was obviously household trash tied up in shopping bags. At least in Worcester we have a free and easy way of recycling, which probably helps. Still, it seems like a strange system for a city Worcester’s size.

    • Nicole says:

      The Worcester system has been around for approximately 17 years, and I think it’s the way many communities are going. (I think the plan is for all of Rhode Island to go to pay-as-you-throw.) According to Bob Fiore (see page 2 of this article), the problems with illegal dumping are not due to the pay-as-you-throw model. I think the benefit of PAYT is that it appeals to people’s inherent cheapness in order to encourage recycling.

      What I see tends to be construction debris and landlords evicting tenants. (The latter might look like household waste, but there are also couches, mattresses, etc., accompanying the regular trash.) This weekend, we came across two city trash bags (i.e., the kind you have to pay for) dumped. Does that make sense? No, but it does point to the fact that some people will dump whether or not they’re paying to throw.

      Perhaps other areas of the city have seen an uptick in dumping since the program was implemented, but since my elementary school principal told me this has been a dumping site since the 1940s, I tend to doubt that it’s made a futher impact where I live.

      For further reading:
      This is an interesting overview of pay-as-you-throw. WBJ wrote an article about the Bottle Bill about six months ago. One of the things I notice is that many more non-deposit cans & bottles tend to accumulate on the side of the road than those with a deposit. So — there’s a similar appeal to natural thrift there.

  3. jmstewart says:

    would like to nominate you for Worcester blogger-in-residence 2011

    • Nicole says:

      The problem is that I usually have a meeting [from the job that actually pays the bills] at that time on Fridays…maybe they have a conference call number? 🙂

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