The Waste Reduction Division of the City of Boston Public Works Department (PWD) will be entering into new 3-year contracts with residential trash and recycling contractors in July of 2014. The invitation to bid process for interested vendors will begin in January of 2014. In preparation, the PWD is seeking input through a series of informational meetings and an on-line survey * for all interested Boston residents.
The Boston Recycling Coalition has asked residents and local advocates to offer testimony and take four priorities into consideration. Please read below and contact email@example.com for more information:
1. Request new sites for drop-off of appliances, paint, and hazardous waste and more collection of yard waste.
2. Request hauler/driver training to spot contamination, steps for correcting residential behaviors, etc.; enforcement.
3. Push for a one-year contract extension to give us more time to be engaged in the process and allow the new mayor to have a say
4. Ensure livable wages and worker protection.
Boston Natural Areas Network has asked gardeners to also attend the meeting: “Community gardeners know that trash and recycling is not currently available to Boston’s community gardens. We hope you can help change this by adding your input so that community gardens are included in City of Boston trash pickup. We hope that community gardeners will attend a meeting and participate in the on-line survey… contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.”
The meetings and neighborhoods to be addressed:
Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor-Piemonte Room • East Boston, Charlestown, West Roxbury, Hyde Park, Roslindale, Dorchester, Mattapan, South Boston, Allston/Brighton
Wednesday, October 2 at 6:00PM Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill • Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill, Roxbury
Wednesday, October 9 at 6:00PM Boston Public Library at Copley, 500 Boylston Street, Commonwealth Salon • Back Bay, Fenway, South End
Wednesday, October 16 at 6:00PM, Josiah Quincy School, 885 Washington Street, Chinatown • Chinatown, Leather District
Tuesday, October 22 at 6:00PM Boston City Hall, 5th Floor–Piemonte Room • Beacon Hill, Bay Village, North End, West End
For additional information please contact Frank O’Brien of Boston PWD at Frank.O’Brien@cityofboston.gov. *The on-line survey will be available at www.cityofboston.gov/publicworks during the week of 9/23. Hard copies are also available at local branches of the Boston Public Libraries.