Natick next month expects to modernize its bulk curbside pickup program with new pricing and online ordering.
Natick Department of Public Works’ Bill Spratt says the longtime bulk recycling system has been around for years but hasn’t been keeping up with the times. In fact, it operates at a slight loss, in part because fees have remained the same and costs for processing some materials has risen.
The new plan floated past and approved by the Select Board will bring the program online, rather than requiring people to come down to the DPW and pay by cash or check.
The DPW will boil down pricing to 5 items—big or small—for $50 per pickup, with some exceptions, whereas the current minimum pickup is $25. The DPW did analysis of current pickups to come up with the new pricing. Often the DPW goes out to fetch single items at homes, and that’s inefficient.
Monday will remain bulk pickup day.
Some items, such as construction materials, fence posts and items (say, pianos and hot tubs) that 2 people can’t reasonably be expected to lift into a pickup truck, will no longer be accepted under this program. Certain items, such as TVs, appliances and mattresses, will cost extra, as they do now.
The DPW is trying to get out of “acting like a dumpster for some people,” Spratt says, when they just leave out large piles of junk that don’t fit into typical trash or recycling bags.
More details to come as the plan firms up.
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