NJ Towns Looking At Adopting ‘Pay As You Throw’ Garbage Plan

MAPLEWOOD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Garbage.

Depending on where you live, you’re paying a private company for pickup or the Department of Public Works does the job for you. In New Jersey, some towns are looking at different options to save money.

In Maplewood, residents pay almost $500 a year for private companies to pick up their trash. You can fill up two pails and some say it’s quite convenient.

“They take it from the backyard, you don’t have to put it in the front,” one resident told CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.

Now, the township is proposing a new system environmentalists say is gaining popularity across the country — residents throwing garbage away in special bags they have to pay for.

“Almost everybody should be saving money. The other thing, there’s an equity part of it which is that those who put out less garbage will pay less,” Bob McCoy of the Maplewood Environmental Advisory Committee said.

Chatham Borough and two other towns in New Jersey use the “Pay As You Throw” system.

“If you have household of maybe 5, 6, 7 people, you’re going to pay a lot more,” said Chatham Borough Mayor Nelson Vaughan.

In Chatham, residents pay a yearly fee of about $180. On top of that, they have to buy garbage bags, sold at the local grocery store that cost $1.15 for the large ones and 60 cents for the smaller ones.

In Maplewood, township officials say it would cost about the same for residents, who could end up saving money.

“If we could save around $200 a year that could be a good option for us,” said Maplewood resident Ryan Gardiner.

“I think it’s inconvenient,” real estate agent Ellen DeCicco said.

The bags here in Chatham are see-through and the mayor says it makes residents think about what they throw out.

“The more you recycle instead of throwing out, the better it is for the environment,” Mayor Vaughan said.

Some Maplewood residents say while it may be good for the environment, they’re not too sure of big brother telling them how they should unload their trash.

What are your thoughts on a ‘Pay As You Throw’ system?  Share your thoughts in the comments section…


One Comment

  1. kyle says:

    Chatham Borough has had this system in place for over 15 years and it works very well. Some people in the same neighborhood put out 1 or 2 small bags a week at a cost of about $50 per year, while others put out 5-6 big bags twice a week at a cost of about $600 per year. Seniors, small consumers and avid recyclers love the system. Do some less than stellar citizens occasionally dump in some of the commercial properties dumpsters? Yes, but the risks of getting caught and the resulting consequences are hardly worth the extra effort and potential small savings.

  2. No One You Know says:

    I live in Chatham Boro. When I first heard of the pay-as-you-go trash system I was annoyed at best. But now that I’m using it I’m a fan. I compost any scraps that I can and we’re conscientious about recycling. No, I don’t throw any of my trash in other places as some have suggested. We’re a family of four and we put out one bag a week unless we have home repairs or other projects necessitating more than one bag. It’s a good system and I can only imagine that boomers will complain, with their need to throw away anything and everything whether they should or not.

  3. bullett says:

    Communities like Maplewood would be forcing home owners to dump their garbage on someone else. What the town counsel/committee must due is to get its cost of operation under control before forcing something like this back onto the people who pay their salaries through taxes.

  4. bullett says:

    Very stupid move. This will force some home owners who commute out of town to drop their garbage somewhere along their path to work. Now isn’t that nice, waking up and finding someone else garbage at your curb?

    1. tbrodie says:

      I don’t quite understand. Pick-up in your back yard would work exactly as it does now, except that you would need to use the special licensed bags or stickers.

  5. ujiuhjoihfdsaoihpetoiputr says:

    i heard about someone who has to pay extra to for every single trash bag they leave out on the curb. this person took their trash bags, drove to dumpsters at busineseses in strip malls, shopping malls, and dumpsters at apartment and condo complexes, and tossed out their trash in those p[aces.the person felt they paid too muchtaxes in NJ and will not pay extra to dump out trash.

    Can you imagine if everyone hit by these fees does this? or just trowing it out on the side of the road?

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