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YOUR TURN: Should Malden Ditch Blue Bags?

The unpopular program is being reviewed by a mayoral task force. What's your best idea for replacing the program?

Pay As You Throw is one of the most frequent gripes our readers have about city hall - whether the cost or the flimsiness of the bags, citizens have long clamored for an alternative to the model.

Mayor Gary Christenson made campaign promises to change the system, and told readers during his Monthly Online Forum he had recently established a task force of interested citizens to brainstorm ways of changing the system.

He added their alternative proposals will be presented to the public sometime before the end of the year. 

But, until then, we wanted to ask you - what's your best solution for dealing with Malden's trash? Is there a nearby city you think does it better? Something completely off the wall?

Share your ideas with decision-makers and other residents in our comments section below.

david mokal October 08, 2012 at 10:03 PM
Middle Income thank you finally some see's what I do. Ive seen small rinky dink contractors tossing them into the housing dumpsters. This has been nothing but bullcrap for a long time. A 20 year sweetheart contract? This cant be true. thats probably why we get the ratty lookin trucks running the city.
david mokal October 08, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Annie what happened to the trash police?
Bk Gundisu January 15, 2013 at 12:53 AM
The trash bags are really expensive compared to other normal trash bags.. GET RID OF BLUE TRASH BAGS.....
Tony H. January 15, 2013 at 01:15 AM
I agree with Meggle AND I own property in Malden. Amazing, right?
jirkyrick January 15, 2013 at 03:04 AM
As far as the recycle bins go, you don't have to use the stoopid and woefully to small bins the city provided. They have stickers that you can place on barrels , one for paper and one for mixed (plastic and cans). Yeh you have to sort it where no other city does, but it is better than the small recycle bins. I haven't any idea why the city did not put one in the original mailing that included one sample blue bag.... This again shows how inept the lat mayor was....they don't even publicize that the stickers are available for your own barrels for recyclables

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