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Quincy, Mass., Mayor Thomas Koch Proposes New Automated Trash Collection Program

Quincy, Mass., Mayor Thomas Koch Proposes New Automated Trash Collection Program

The mayor’s plan includes providing all 28,000 city households with covered bins.

In an effort to increase recycling, reduce litter and combat the rat problem in the City of Quincy, Mass., Mayor Thomas Koch is proposing a new automated trash collection program.

The mayor’s plan includes providing all 28,000 city households with covered bins, which include a 96-gallon bin for recyclables and a 64-gallon bin for trash. It would also require Sunrise Scavenger, the city’s trash collector, to use an automated truck for trash collection.

The Patriot Ledger has more details:

Mayor Thomas Koch is proposing an overhaul of the city’s trash-pickup system in hopes of increasing recycling, reducing litter and tackling the city’s rat problem.

Koch’s office announced Tuesday he wants the city to provide all of Quincy’s 28,000 households with uniformed covered barrels, similar to the standardized-barrel systems already used in communities like Weymouth and Braintree. Each household would be given – and required to use – a 96-gallon container for recyclables and a 64-gallon container for trash.

Purchasing the barrels would cost the city $3 million, spending that needs city council approval. The mayor plans to make a formal proposal to the council sometime this fall.

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