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Council Sets Public Hearing for Tolland Recycling Changes

Some of the proposed changes include limiting the number of refuse carts per household from two to one.

The council set a public hearing on the purchase of 200 new recycling cartons and potential changes to Tolland's recycling regulations at its Tuesday meeting.

in recycling levels, the town has been swapping out the 65-gallon recycling containers to 95-gallon containers for a limited number of interested residents, and currently has a waiting list of 117 residents who would like to switch.

The resolution proposes buying 200 more of the containers for $20,000 and for making the following changes to the town recycling regulations:

  • Make the 95-gallon recycling container the standard size in the future
  • Make the 65-gallon container the standard size for refuse
  • Limit the number of refuse carts per household from two to one, while grandfathering in those residents who already use two containers
  • Allow the town to predetermine its schedule for bulky waste pick up on an annual basis

The public hearing is set for the council's meeting on September 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The council also approved a resolution allowing the town to apply for a $500,000 state "Main Street Investment Fund" grant. The town would use the grant money to fund the costs of a traffic light and widening of Route 195 to create turning associated with building a . 

The proposed road would link Route 195 and Cider Mill Road, according to the agenda. The "Main Street Investment Fund" grant is specifically for towns with populations of less than 30,000 people.

The council meets next on September 11 at 7:30 p.m. The joint BOE/town council hour is scheduled for September 27 at 6 p.m. at the Fire Training Center.

Bob M. August 29, 2012 at 02:14 PM
re; "Allow the town to predetermine its schedule for bulky waste pick up on an annual basis". Hope this means we still have multiple pickups still, and not an annual one. As written,it is confusing for a simple man as I. Bob
Jayme Kunze August 29, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Hi, Bob. I asked for some clarification from town staff today and basically the town sometimes decreases the number of months for bulky waste pick up because the demand from residents drops so significantly, particularly in the winter. However, there was not language addressing those adjustments in the regulations, so it is being added.
Jim Hayes August 29, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Bob you are not alone. This simple man is also confused. Annual pickup means to me once a year. Lets hope not. But it would not surprise me. The council members will do what they want not what the people want, for they know better than we do and what we really want............
Jayme Kunze August 29, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Hi, Jim. The language is not to reduce bulky waste pick up to an annual occurrence. Instead, the town will decide each year what a good bulky waste pick up schedule would be. The example cited to me today was perhaps reducing it from a 12 month schedule to a 10 month schedule because demand for pick up is so low in the winter, but this language allows the town to reevaluate the demand each year.
cora August 30, 2012 at 04:37 AM
I have a question on all of this. A neighbor had someone come to her door with a petition a few weeks ago. The person stated findings that our recyclables were going to the same place as the trash and NOT being recycled. The petition was for someone to look into this. It makes one wonder, is this whole "Not recycling" thing a plot to get MORE money from the town? Will a bigger container mean more recycling? I have had weeks where my large recycle bin was full, and I would either rearrange things to fit in, use a neighbor's (with permission), or just hold some of the items until the following week. This whole situation just puzzles me why it was only a short time ago the town was told we were doing well and saving money with the recycling. Then we're told the opposite a month or two later. The town has to pay MORE for containers? Something sounds fishy here. Would love to see someone investigate these things.
Jayme Kunze August 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Hi, Cora. I can't address the location of the recyclables/refuse at the moment, but I will ask. As far as the town's recycling rate changing, I believe the numbers showing our decline in recycling rates for the previous year just came in. So until last month, the town's most recent information on recycling rates was for the fiscal year before last. And from what I've heard, people tend to fill the larger container if they do get one, so my understanding is larger containers would encourage recycling, although I'm not 100 percent on that.

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