Editorial: Yellow bags and bottles

03/09/2011 3:01 PM |

Here are a few observations on the never-ending garbage removal/recycling debate.

The public discussion has gone way off course, from what the law requires to whether the town’s yellow bag system should be scrapped.

To cover its trash removal costs, the town opted for a user fee in the form of yellow town bags, rather than a blanket tax. In Riverhead, each homeowner is assessed close to $300 yearly for curbside pickup. It doesn’t matter whether you live alone or have nine children, everyone pays the same.

With the yellow bags, the less you throw away, the less you pay. What’s more fair than that?

As for the fracas over what must be recycled and when, a debate launched by the Go Green Sanitation company’s entry into the Southold market, it seems pretty clear that the town law — enacted under pressure, if not duress, from the state — requires recyclables to be separated from the trash left for a carter to haul away. Go Green lets its customers put everything in the same container and that puts the town in a no-win situation. Either it enforces the code, which could lead to the end of a lower cost and apparently popular commercial collection service, or it risks losing its DEC permit to operate the town transfer station.

So what’s it going to be?

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  • Thanx Suffolk Times for telling it like it is!

    BTW the leading proponent of the Yellow Bag system is a private corporation see
    http://www.wastezero.com/

  • ……And just as I thought there was still a little hope for common sense!

  • I have it on good authority that the town has issued a violation to Mr. Fisher and that he is to appear in court next week. Sadly, the town does not have a leg to stand on. The town board is under the false impression that this is an “ace in the hole” when the truth is its going to take a lot more than an antiquated and weak town code to topple Go Green.

  • I counted two Mattituck Sanitation dumpsters on residential properties today — FILLED with mixed trash. Are they going to be in court too? Hmm….

  • I counted two Mattituck Sanitation dumpsters on residential properties today — FILLED with mixed trash. Are they going to be in court too? Hmm….

  • http://riverhead.patch.com/articles/illegal-transfer-station-reported-in-middle-of-flanders-neighborhood
    Heard something on WLNG this morning and thought they mentioned Go Green, so I checked Patch.com and found this article. Seems this is the same guy running Go Green. I guess he feels he doesn’t have to follow Southampton Town Code either. Personally I don’t care who picks up my garbage, but I do disagree with this guys arrogance.