Pittsfield Resource Recovery Committee to vet new trash regulations

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PITTSFIELD — The city's Resource Recovery Committee will weigh potential trash pickup changes before the City Council takes a final vote.

The council had a chance to vote on the measure on Tuesday but decided instead to send the ordinance to the committee, where a Republic Services representative can discuss enforcement protocols with members.

Under the new regulations, residents would be permitted to place no more than 64 gallons of trash curbside each week, and no container could weigh more than 50 pounds. The 64-gallon limit can be spread out over multiple containers, and residents also can use bags individually, as long as they are tightly tied and the trash is contained.

Councilors applied the volume limit in an attempt to curb trash and the costs associated with it, while they agreed on the weight limit to protect haulers who are manually lifting each container into the back of the truck.

The council's Committee on Ordinances and Rules voted 4-1 last week to advance the regulations. Ward 3 Councilor Nick Caccamo cast the dissenting vote, arguing that councilors should spend more time discussing implementation and enforcement.

Councilors began overhauling the city's solid waste ordinance last year, after a failed mayoral proposal to move Pittsfield to a tote-based trash-pickup system. The current ordinance, which includes a 32-gallon limit, has gone largely unenforced for decades.

Amanda Drane can be contacted at adrane@berkshireeagle.com, @amandadrane on Twitter, and 413-496-6296.

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