Chicopee City Council approves order to set aside funds for trash toters

The trash toters are expected to arrive in 2017 and residents should receive them shortly after

Chicopee Mayor Richard Kos is seen here in this WWLP file image.

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City Council approved an order from Mayor Kos Tuesday night to set aside $400,000 or half the projected total of the 32-gallon trash toters, which will be assigned to every home in 2017 as the Chicopee transitions to a new trash program aimed at curbing trash collection costs.

The new 32-gallon toters will be assigned to each home in Chicopee and are able to be used by residents at no cost. If a resident uses more than 32-gallons of trash in a week, they will be required to purchase marked bags for any additional trash.

The Landfill Advisory Committee reports recommend trash toters as the most cost effective way to collect trash.

“We’ve enjoyed the benefits of the landfill for a long time,” said Mayor Kos. “The reality is that while we have enjoyed the benefits longer than most communities, the time has now come to transition to the toter system as the most cost effective way for us to dispose of our trash now that the landfill is near closure.”

The trash toters are expected to arrive in 2017 and residents should receive them shortly after.

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