Chicopee tries to solve impending garbage problem

Implementing smaller trash bins

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – If you live in Chicopee you’ll soon need to cut back on your trash.

The Chicopee city landfill is approaching capacity, and is on track to close in 2018. So, the city’s distributing smaller, 32 gallon trash toters.

The hope is the smaller bins will force residents to reduce their waste. One resident told 22News, he’s not sure it’ll work.

“We’d be charged with overage if we exceed the trash receptacles, which we do already with the collections that we have in the larger receptacles which work just fine,” said Roland Crevier.

You’re allowed to fill up that smaller bin once a week. You’d have to buy specific bags for the rest.  The bins will cost Chicopee $800,000.  The city has already allocated $400,000 to cover costs. They’ve applied for grants to try and reduce the impact.

The new toters will be available in 2017.

City of Chicopee is running out of space for trash

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