City Announces Changes to "Pay As You Throw"
"Short term" solutions are aimed at mitigating some resident complaints about the program.
The City of Malden website reported some changes to the "Pay As You Throw" program that took effect this week, including the introduction of smaller bags for consumers who use less trash.
New eight gallon bags will be sold at .50 a piece at all outlets where blue bags are available, the city release read. Residents will also be able to buy a smaller 5-pack of bags.
The new blue bags, along with the 33-gallon and 15-gallon varieties, will be shipped directly to stores, with none available at the Department of Public Works or Treasurer's office.
The city release noted these were "short term" solutions to the problems facing the "Pay As You Throw" program, started by Mayor Richard Howard in 2008.
Mayor Gary Christenson told readers in his monthly Malden Patch online chat last month that his administration was "working on a way to eliminate the blue bags."
He encouraged readers to use covered trash bins to help keep the city cleaner.
Check out this YouTube video provided by Ward 7 Councilor Neal Anderson, who teamed up with Bobby Knox and Ron Zanazzo of the Malden Department of Public Works to help show residents how to properly recycle and contain trash.