Chicopee to begin new trash pick-up program

Chicopee received the grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Affairs

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CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Chicopee is scheduled to begin a new trash pick-up program next spring.

The new program is called Pay-As-You-Throw/Save-Money-And-Reduction-Trash. Residents will be issued a 35-gallon trash bin to fill weekly at no cost. Residents who can’t fit all their trash in the bin will be required to purchase city-issued bags at $1.50 each for small ones, and $2.00 for large ones.

Residents will also be expected to recycle all possible materials mandated by city ordinance. Those who don’t will face a $100 fine.

“A lot of time and effort has been spent on figuring out the most efficient and cost effective way to collect trash once the landfill closes,” said Mayor Kos. “The average resident should not see additional costs to their trash pickup and the City should be able to minimize the costs to the taxpayers. This is a win-win for the City.”

The current trash pick-up program is being replaced because of the impending closure of the landfill used by the city.

Chicopee received a $338,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Affairs to help implement the new program. The grant will also be used to hire a waste reduction enforcement coordinator to help implement the new recycling aspect of the program and monitor resident compliance.