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Deanna MacMillan February 24, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Hello, Chris. I haven't been on much because I haven't been too well lately. I was wondering if you could ask a few questions for me in case I'm not able to get on at 10am. I wanted to know (#1) if his plan for the "the first 30 gallon trash barrel for free," is already in effect and if not, when does he plan for it to happen? (#2) When does he plan to use the big recycle barrels? (#3) I have heard that there is some type of program that will help people like me (who are disabled and have low income) to get some type of help with the Malden trash bags for a lower cost or even a certain amount for free? I'm not sure if that is true or not, but if it is true, I would like to know where I can get help with that. I would totally understand if you can't ask for me. Maybe by posting this, someone who does know the answers will read this, and be able to help me.. Thank you so much, and keep up the great work!!
Chris Caesar February 24, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Thanks Deanna, really sorry to hear you aren't feeling well. I actually had another reader make the same request about trash services, so I'll be sure to send this along to the mayor as one of the opening questions.
stella February 24, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Chris, I will be unable to live chat with the Mayor but would like to know if we can start using regular plastic trash bags. All the trash bags are biodegradeable so what is the difference if we buy the bags the city wants us to use or buy a box of green trash bags with more in it and less expensive. As long as we keep recycling i dont see what the problem is with using non malden trash bags. Thank you
Deanna MacMillan February 24, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Thank you, Chris. I really appreciate it, and I'll check back when I can. :)
Kelley February 26, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Bobby James March 01, 2012 at 03:05 PM
@Lynette - Eyesore? Would you rather have a barrel - that has a lid to prevent trash and recycling from blowing out and around the neighborhood - on the streets for a few hours one day a week, or streets covered with litter b/c JRM can't seem to get the recycling from the curb to their truck without dumping half of it? My old neighbors in Medford love the barrels - the wheels make them easier to move and you don't have to worry about sorting through your recycling.
Kelley March 01, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Ok, Bobby, I will agree that JRM doesn't always do the best job. I have seen my fair share of milk cartons on the street. But it doesn't hurt if people pack their trash and recycling a little better too. If people want the barrels, then let them come. But don't be surprised if you see overstuffed ones with just as many items hanging out as I have. I guess they can be more efficient. But a lot of people don't always have convenient places to store them and sometimes you see them on front lawns and on the sides of houses. Just my opinion. So, if the city does get them, my advice to people is to pack them so that trash doesn't blow around. And that the folks at JRM make sure to pick up anything that falls. Yes, guys, it's okay to pick up that can. It won't break your back. And then properly put the barrel back on the sidewalk so that it doesn't blow in the street. Is it all too much to ask?
ANA HAY March 06, 2012 at 02:15 PM
I just logged into this comments but Everett has big barrels and they seem to be doing it without expensive, smaller than you need, ridiculous bags, when there are worthy regular in-expensive, biodegradable bags from many companies offered out there. This program was and still is a big rip-off to all of Malden. The only reason it is still in existance is because many people didn't understand the way it was written when we had a chance to vote it out. We need this program eliminated asap! I myself had left trash in my house because I didn't have the $20 to buy trash bags at different times so my trash stayed in the house until I got paid and then it went out the next week....but that left me with a stinky smell for 1 week---just imagine someone with low income piling up that stench until they have the money to buy EXPENSIVE TRASH BAGS and so will not buy milk, bread, eggs, etc...in order to buy this SCAM of bags! AH


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