East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Announces New Curbside Trash and Recycling Program

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works
John B. Haines, Director
100 Willow Ave.
East Bridgewater, MA 02333

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

Contact: Benjamin Paulin
Phone: 781-428-3299
Email: ben@jgpr.net

East Bridgewater Department of Public Works Announces New Curbside Trash and Recycling Program

Sign-Up Now Open, Service Begins July 1

EAST BRIDGEWATER —  Department of Public Works Director John B. Haines, with the support of the East Bridgewater Board of Selectmen, is pleased to announce the town’s new Curbside Trash and Recycling Program.

Sign up for the new program between now and June 1 to enroll. Service will begin on July 1.

NEW PROGRAM, SAME GREAT SERVICE

  • Yellow trash bags will be replaced with a new portable 64-gallon trash toter, similar to the recycling bins already in use. All household trash can go into the new toter. The toters will be provided by Republic Services.
  • All residents who are enrolled in the current “pay as you throw” program will automatically be opted into the new program.
  • Trash will continue to be collected at the curb every week and recycling will be picked up every other week.
  • The cost of the program for both trash and recycling is $25 per month and will be billed semiannually. This is a savings of at least $60 per year compared to local competitors.
  • If you cannot fit all your trash in the toter, yellow bags will still be available at participating stores for occasional overflow. The bags will only be collected if you participate in the toter program. DPW can provide a second recycling toter at no cost, and a second trash toter for $125 annually.
  • Disposal of one large item per week will be permitted at NO COST.
  • Participation in the program also grants you free access to the Town’s Recycling Center. If you choose not to participate in the program, but want to use the Recycling Center, a Permit Sticker costs $75 per year. Permit Stickers are available at the DPW or Town Hall after June 1.
  • Please note that the Town’s Curbside Trash & Recycling Toter program isvoluntary.

WHY THE NEED FOR THE NEW PROGRAM?

  • The pay-as-you-throw program has never been sustainable. The town has been subsidizing the full cost of the service with money obtained through a legal settlement with former trash company BFI. The settlement was reached more than 20 years ago. After many years of offsetting the cost of the current trash program, the money in that fund has now been exhausted.
  • The town does not sell enough yellow trash bags to cover the cost of collecting and disposing trash.
  • Officials have listened to many residents who feel that buying the yellow bags is an inconvenience and that they are of low quality. If the current program were to remain in place, the town would have to increase the cost of large bags to $8 apiece in order to fully fund the service.
  • The new program offers the same service as competing vendors and addresses the vast majority of concerns officials have heard from the residents.
  • If the new program was not put into place, the town would likely have to eliminate the service entirely. This would mean that each resident would need to subscribe to their own private hauler to collect and dispose of their trash and recycling. This would have a substantial impact on roads and traffic, as more trash and recycling trucks would be traveling through town on a much more frequent basis.

WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

Residents interested in participating in the new Curbside Trash and Recycling Program should call the East Bridgewater DPW office at 508 378-1620.

You can also sign up online on the DPW website before June 1.

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Tackling sugary beverages and obesity

The City created a series of advertisements meant to educate people to drink healthier options
The City created a series of advertisements meant to educate people to drink healthier options

In 2011, Mayor Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission made a major move to ban sugar-sweetened beverages from sale on City property. It was a controversial and groundbreaking step. The executive order came because of the link between sugary drinks and rising obesity rates. And in a city where 40 percent of the public schools kids are rated overweight or obese, the Mayor chose to remove this one source of carbohydrates and calories from public buildings.

“We are in the midst of a health crisis in the city of Boston,” the Mayor said at the time.

The city didn’t make the sweeping move of trying to ban soda and sugary drinks citywide; it simply made the decision not to allow city government to sell the products in its buildings.

The city also issued advertisements aimed to educate the public on healthy beverage alternatives.

In 2012, the Mayor’s policy gained high-level support when 10 Boston hospitals came together to adopt the city’s sugary beverage ban in their facilities.

Dr. Paula Johnson, a cardiologist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and chair of the Boston Public Health Commission’s Board of Health, said at the time, “Hospitals play a critically important role in public health, not only in delivering high quality medical care once people are sick, but in setting norms about how we can all live healthier lives and prevent disease in the first place. As leading institutions in our community, hospitals should be environments where making the healthy choice is the easy choice for patients, visitors, and staff.”

The executive order, ad campaign, and expansion to hospitals required teamwork across varying levels of government and the private sector, as well as proper messaging by the Mayor’s press office.

Mayor Menino has earned praise for his efforts to improve public health during his 20 years in office.




“Pulse of the City” Public Art Installation

There is plenty of room for innovation in city government, and we showed that when Mayor Menino unveiled “Pulse of the City.”

The public art installation creates music based on the heartbeats of the people who approach it and interact with it. It’s really unique, and it was unveiled by designer George Zisiadis at the Urban Prototyping Conference in 2012, Boston jumped at the chance to be the first city to host it.

Not only was “Pulse of the City a public art project, but it also tied together Public Works and the Mayor’s health and fitness campaign called Boston Moves for Health. The song generated by the device is different for every heartbeat, so Bostonians were encouraged try it during their morning runs or right after exercising.

The units are also solar powered, making them green at the same time.

 




“Pep” Conferences and Boston Sports

Boston sports fans are a very lucky breed.

We’ve seen World Series trophies, the Stanley Cup, Superbowls, and a 17th green banner in the Garden, and that’s just in the past decade! Boston is also a world-famous running city — a fame that is growing every day as people are training for the 2014 Boston Marathon.

A lot of work goes into making sure people get to enjoy Boston sports events. Public safety is paramount, and that takes a concerted communications effort, involving the media, colleges and universities, restaurants and bars, and the general public.

When the Boston Red Sox won the 2013 American League Pennant, the City of Boston got to work. This interdepartmental effort involved the Mayor’s Office, Consumer Affairs/Licensing, Boston Transportation, Boston Police, Boston EMS, and the Red Sox organization as well.

After all, it’s a lot easy to get a message out there, while still maintaining a sense of excitement, when Wally the Green Monster is standing with the police chief.

In addition to road closures and parking restrictions, approximately 200 restaurants, bars, and other businesses in the area of Allston/Brighton, Fenway, Back Bay, the South End, and Downtown, received detailed instructions from the Mayor’s Office of Consumer Affairs and Licensing on directives in place, should the Red Sox reaching a clinching game.

Yeah, there were rules. But there were also no arrests made or problems reported when the Red Sox won the ALCS. So we were doing something right.

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In the Press Office, we also handle the mayor-to-mayor sports bets that come when your teams are in a championship battle. A lot goes into enjoying sports in Boston!