Letter: New trash plan is a done deal — and I don’t like it

Posted 11/6/19

I watched the last Bristol Town Council meeting and was not impressed with the answers Mr. Hoffman was given to his questions and comments on the new trash plan. His son in California has experience …

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Letter: New trash plan is a done deal — and I don’t like it

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I watched the last Bristol Town Council meeting and was not impressed with the answers Mr. Hoffman was given to his questions and comments on the new trash plan. His son in California has experience with these big trash carts which, once put in use, were left out and became an eyesore throughout the neighborhood … Did the council give significant consideration to the fact that this could be a harbinger of what might happen in beautiful Bristol?

His concern is mine and it seemed to be of no concern to anyone on the council. Will it be addressed later, after the fact, with more regulations?

I have no garage and no driveway. These huge carts will be in full view next to my home, an eyesore here and there, all over beautiful Bristol. Is the town council ok with this? I’m not.

Another concern is the decision to give all homeowners the large 96-gallon cart. I have requested consideration be given to giving smaller carts to those who request them, to no avail.

What is the big rush to implement this plan that this request cannot even be considered? One resident spoke at the meeting about the ease of moving these big carts to the curb because it has wheels. Trust me, this will not be easy for many seniors. Picture an 80-year-old person navigating this cart down a steep driveway or over rough terrain, winter or summer.

Next spring there will be a big shock for many residents and it will be too late and too expensive to make changes … Is that the plan?

A 35-gallon cart would be sufficient for me and many others in my boat. I too am concerned for the safety of the workers on our trucks, but what about the safety of our seniors and disabled? And the liability question was never answered.

How about having the two carts we will be getting, trash and recycle, on display in the Town Hall, maybe along with the other size carts the mechanized truck is capable of picking up? Are the trash and recycle carts the same size? Just Google images “trash cart size and people” or stop by Job Lot, they have the smaller 65-gallon carts for sale. It will give you an idea of how big the 95-gallon one might be.

Few residents are paying attention to what this new plan will mean, but there will be a lot of attention paid when the carts are delivered, piecemeal, next spring.

The answer given by the town council about these concerns was to wait and see how it all works out, then adjustments can be made if necessary. It’s a done deal. It sounds familiar, and I am not encouraged by this answer. I would like to know exactly what I am buying before I take delivery.

Judy Anderson
Bristol

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