Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Setback for City’s Trash Bag Program

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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

UPDATE: Conz Street Construction 2011

New concrete sidewalks continue to get installed on both sides of Conz Street in Northampton, MA every day! Water service boxes and water hydrant gate boxes will get replaced as the sidewalks get constructed. Two insertion valves for the water pipe are scheduled for installation in the center of the street near Wright Avenue this Wednesday (June 29, 2011), which will cause more traffic delays.

PAVEMENT RECLAIMING IS SCHEDULED FOR JULY 11th (Monday)...weather permitting. This is going to be a big day: a reclaiming machine will grind the top eight(8) inches of pavement & gravel, some material will be hauled away, and a grader will fix the slopes on the surface for proper drainage.

One lane of traffic is open at all times but traffic delays are still expected. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic are encouraged to seek alternate routes during the construction work.

Monday, June 20, 2011

New Trash Bag DIsposal System Starts July 1st

The City’s SMART (Save Money And Reduce Trash) bag program will start July 1st!
Effective July 1st, trash bag stickers will no longer be sold at the City’s residential transfer stations (125 Locust Street and 170 Glendale Road.) Instead, residents can obtain Northampton’s blue trash bags (in two sizes) at local stores where they usually shop (click the title of this post for a list.) In addition, small bags will be available through the DPW office as well as the Mayor’s office (Monday-Friday 8:30-4:00.)
Disposal costs will not change. Throwing away a small bag of household trash will still cost $0.50, a medium bag (kitchen size) will still cost $1.00 and a large bag (barrel size) will still cost $2.00. These bags will be sold in packages for $10 each (20 small bags, 10 medium bags, or 5 large bags per package.)
After September 1st 2011, household trash placed in any other bag or container will not be accepted for disposal. Residents should try to use up their bag stickers prior to this date. After this date, bag stickers will be accepted for bulky waste disposal at the Northampton landfill or redeemed for official trash bags at the Department of Public Works.

The sale of 2011-2012 vehicle permits will also commence on July 1st. The cost will remain at $25 for residents and $5 for seniors (62 years or older).