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DPW: Blue Bin Pickup Continues Today

Weather, holidays delayed pickup process, second wave for stragglers starts next week.

 

If there are blue recycling bins still taking up space on your sidewalk in east Woonsocket, today could be the day you've been waiting for - Michael Debroisse, Solid Waste Department superintendent says they're getting collected today.

After delays caused by weather and the holidays Coastal Recycling of North Smithfield began collecting the bins again yesterday and is scheduled to finish up today.

The city is selling the blue bins, about 10,000 of them, to Cumberland for a total of $148,000. The green bins the city still has can now be used for all the city's recycling thanks to the state's new single stream recycling program.

Debroisse counseled patience with the process. "Usually when carts are delivered to a property they stay there.  Collecting them back is no easy process," he said, especially 10,000 of them.

After today, Debroisse said, the city should only have to collect bins which residents have put out late or haven't put out at all because they haven't gotten the message that they're being collected.

"Next week the contractor will start doubling back through the districts to collect the blue carts that may have been placed out after they have already gone through the area," Debroisse said.

MAE January 05, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Is the city so broke that it can't send out letters to bin holders to let them know what is going on? I never received a letter, I found out through the Valley Breeze but know people who don't get this or the Call and so wouldn't know the situation or the schedule, They can afford to send out the tax bills and water info but not this? Also, does this mean our 'trash tax' will be reduced since the cost of these bins is included in our bill. Do we get a refund for the blue bins? Don't get me wrong, I am happy to see it go. They are big and take up lots of space so 2 is definitly better than 3 but but this city really needs to get it's head out of its butt and do things right for a change.
Russell Archambault January 05, 2013 at 08:58 PM
NOTE: After delays caused by weather and the holidays Coastal Recycling of North Smithfield began collecting the bins again yesterday and is scheduled to finish up today. ALWAYS AN EXCUSE FOR NOT GETTING THE JOB DONE. THESE CONTAINERS ARE ALL OVER THE CITY. SOME FOR TWO WEEKS NOW.WHAT A MESS. HOPE THEY PICK UP THE TOTAL AMOUNT THE CITY SOLD THEM. OTHERWISE WE PAY THE NEW OWNERS 40.00 PER CONTAINER THEY ARE SHORT. . CAN YOU IMAGINE SOME CITY COUNCEL MEMBERS WERE NOT TOLD ABOUT THIS CONTRACT
lmack34 January 06, 2013 at 12:48 PM
Woonsocket Solid Waste Dept. forgot a whole neighborhood, Oak Grove. The blue buns have been out since before Christmas. Good question Mae, will this reduce our trash tax? after all we did pay for the barrells.
Dennis Lauzon January 06, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I understand that Mr. Debroisse may feel that he has reached all home owners via local papers and radio media. But he fails to recognize that the city had home owners who rent the property and live out of state. How is he getting the message to these people? To have done this properly an insert should have been included with any of the city's standard billing on top f use of all media. Then schedule the pickup after the message was clearly announced.
MAE January 06, 2013 at 06:23 PM
They mailed out the water tax bills this week, you'd think they'd put a reminder in them about the blue bins...maybe a comment on how we get some money back for returning them since we did pay for something we never asked for...just saying. Mr. Mayor and Mr Ward. You have no idea how disgusted people are with this city, Not the renters or the section 8 folks (this place is a dream for them) so much as the taxpaying home owner. I am trapped here like a caged animal. It's too bad too because I dedicated most of my adult years to this city.
Russell Archambault January 07, 2013 at 12:05 AM
NOTE:After today, Debroisse said, the city should only have to collect bins which residents have put out late or haven't put out at all because they haven't gotten the message that they're being collected.WHAT AN INSULT TO CITY TAX PAYERS. BINS HAVE BEEN OUT THERE FOR TWO WEEKS STILL OUT THERE SUNDAY NIGHT. EVERY TIME THERE IS REPORTING ON YOUR DEPT. YOU HAVE EXCUSES ON EVERYTHING THAT DOES NOT GO CORRECTLY,AND BLAME EVERYTHING OR EVERYONE ELSE. IF I WAS MAYOR I WOULD FIRE YOU.
Russell Archambault January 07, 2013 at 10:35 PM
drove through the city today, in every area, counted over a hundred blue bins.This whole thing has become a joke !

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