The Town of Brookline has proposed a modified Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) solid waste disposal system that would require residents to place their trash in wheeled carts to allow for automated trash collection. Residents will be able to choose among 35-gallon, 65-gallon (the size of the majority of our blue recycling toters) or 96-gallon carts.
Because there are some residents for whom the proposed new system would create significant difficulties, both in terms of storing the carts and/or transporting them up and down stairs and/or back and forth to the curb for pick-up, a Resolution (Article 17) encouraging exceptions to the new system has been included in the Warrant for Town Meeting, which convenes on May 24th. Proponents of Article 17 ask that the Department of Public Works create exceptions for those properties with little or no toter storage space other than a front porch or front yard (and therefore visible to the public), or for those residents who would be physically challenged bringing a cart back and forth between its storage location and the curb.
The Question-and-Answer sheet provides additional information on the proposal and how it would work.