Blue Ribbon Commission trash article in Register 7/12/11

The Register Citizen has printed an article about the Blue Ribbon Commission’s intention of trying to implement another taxation system in the form of Pay-to-Throw garbage handling.

The original ideas being bantered and proposed were a per-can fee that would solidly target the multi-family owner’s by charging them double, triple and quadruple the amount a single family would be paying. That would be a new tax on top of the significantly higher property taxes and sewer taxes which multi-family owners are already paying.

Torrington officials examine ways to cut cost of trash collection services

Torrington officials examine ways to cut cost of trash collection services

Register Citizen Staff

TORRINGTON — Officials are currently examining ways to save the city money on its trash collection services.

Mike Clark, chairman of the city’s Blue Ribbon Commission said Monday the group is currently looking at ways to cut into the nearly $3 million fee associated with trash collection. One possible way, is an aggressive pay as you throw away campaign.

Clark said the idea would cut into the fees associated with the collection, and could lower taxes residents pay as well.

“People would be required to buy specially marked bags for solid waste collection, while still using clear plastic bags for recyclables,” Clark said Monday night during a telephone interview. “Other communities that have tried a similar project have seen their costs go down as well as their recycling increase.”

Clark said the percentage of money that comes out of property tax to pay for the trash collection service is based on the value of the property. In some cases, single families are paying the same amount that residents in multi-family homes pay, something that Clark said the commission is trying to address.

“In some cases, trash collection is being subsidized by others who don’t generate nearly the same amount of trash that another home might generate,” he said. “We are trying to make the cost of collection fairer across the board.”

This type of idea, which the town of Stonington, Connecticut also uses, would not take effect any time soon, Clark said. “We still have more planning to do and a number of informational sessions that will be open to the public before anything gets off the ground.”

Clark said the idea is still about a year away, and would have to be approved by the city council before it was put into place. The city is also under contract with a waste collection company, and any changes would have to be written into a new contract.

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