The transition from trash bag stickers to unit-based trash bags in Northampton will be delayed until August 1st due to issues with bag quality and performance. The Department of Public Works (DPW) is in the process of recalling the large-size trash bags from the ten retailers that are currently selling them to residents on behalf of the City.
According to Karen Bouquillon, the City’s Waste Management Supervisor, “Three sizes of blue bags were ordered for the program, but the small and large size bags did not meet the City’s specifications. The DPW apologizes for the inconvenience and confusion that this recall may cause, and appreciates the public’s patience as the bag quality issue is resolved.”
Ms. Bouquillon stated that the small bags were ripping at the side seams, and the large bags were tearing away from the drawstring. Residents who have already purchased these defective bags may return them to the DPW office for an equal exchange of bag stickers or medium blue bags. The DPW office is open from 8:30-4:30 Monday through Friday, and is located at 125 Locust Street.
Bag stickers will continue to be sold at both of the City’s transfer stations until August 1st, when the large bag replacements will be in stock at participating retailers. The medium-size trash bags can currently be obtained at Big Y, Cooper’s Corner, Cornucopia, Cumberland Farms (two locations), Jim’s Variety, Sam’s Food Store, Serio’s, State Street Grocery, Stop and Shop, and Walgreens Pharmacy. The small bags have been reordered and will be available at the DPW office and at the Mayor’s office by Thursday, June 30.
For more information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 413-587-1570 x 4306.