From my understanding the Budget Czars are looking into “pay to throw” again even after doubling our trash fee.
If we have to institute pay to throw I think we should also institute pay to go. If you have to use special trash bags to get your trash picked, you should have to use special toilet paper to have your toilets flush. Think about it, toilet paper is a billion dollar industry and if the argument is, it will add revenue to what goes in our landfill, the same argument could be made it will add revenue to what goes in our sewer treatment plant.
No more Charmin or Quilted Northern, you would have stand in line at Tom Bruce’s office to buy your 1-ply sandpaper to fill the city coffers for a consumer good you could get cheaper and better somewhere else.
Besides, isn’t Woonsocket Toilet Paper the perfect metaphor for our current situation?
Obviously this is a joke, but the fact that any municipality can demand you purchase a consumer good like trash bags from them should be illegal. What’s next? If I could get my trash picked up cheaper, the city says its illegal. Pretty soon, will I be buying cable or cell phone service through the city? If the city says you have to buy trash bags from me and use my trash service and pay extra for it, do we not have anti-trust laws against that?