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Re: [GreenYes] special collections for PAYT
Brian,

Perhaps Fayetteville could advertise unlimited
recycling service during peak periods and keep the set
limits on trash service, along with promoting local
reuse options for still usable post-Holiday castaways.
This would make reuse/recycling the saftey valve,
encouraging folks to reuse/recycle especially well
during high waste generation periods.  

If additional trash service is a must, then consider 
a "by-request" (call-in) service. This would help
prevent the phenomena of everyone piling a bunch of
"stuff" on the curb without thinking because their
entire neighborhood (or city) is and they know they
can (so what's the big deal?). It would also provide
the opportunity to promote reuse and recycling,
perhaps even making it a requirement for additional
service, when a call for additional collection service
is received.

If you'd like to get more information from a city that
has successfully implemented a call-in, add-on trash
collection program that emphasizes recycling, contact
San Francisco Recycling Program, perhaps Robert Haley
(415-355-3752). Two or three years ago they switched
from a rolling, once annual bulky waste collection
program to a call-in collection service (2x per year
max.) with volume/item limits for trash and few such
limits for separated bulky recyclables (e.g., scrap
wood, metals, green waste). Residents are educated
regarding recycling when they call and the hauler is
able to monitor set outs and charge accordingly for
excessive/inappropriate set outs (service is otherwise
free). I know the program has seen a dramatic
reduction in disposal and increase in recycling. It is
also cheaper to run and has reduced mess, add-on
dumping and other issues associated with neighborhood
"clean-up" day programs. It has also been well
received by residents because it provides the service
when the resident desires it (e.g., during a move).

Hope that helps,

Ed Cooney
916-444-3140


--- Brian Pugh <bpugh@ci.fayetteville.ar.us> wrote:
> Well I have an interesting question for everyone who
> is familiar with PAYT programs.  The City of
> Fayetteville is changing over from bag collection to
> automated cart collections utilizing 3 different
> size carts with 3 different rates.  Our Council is
> convinced that we are somehow not providing good
> service if we don't allow for a residence to put out
> more trash a couple of times a year (most likely
> Christmas and Thanksgiving) and not charge them
> extra for it.  One council man wants to give out
> extra bags for that purpose which completely flies
> in the face of going to the automated cart in the
> first place.  We have to come up with a plan to
> allow extra collections besides having residents
> bring in the trash themselves.  Any ideas?  Has
> anyone in a PAYT community faced this hurdle also? 
> Thanks.
> 
> Brian Pugh
> City of Fayetteville
> Solid Waste and Recycling 
> 
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