March Survey Question #2 “Pay as you throw”

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[Yes]
It is a financial necessity and experience of other cities show it adds efficiencies.
[Yes]
I’m in favor if it will save the city money. I don’t mind paying taxes!!! But, I want really good service for my bucks.
[No]
do not know how this works. but since my taxes now pay for this, why would i make a second payment for the same service?
[No]
Low income families will be unable to afford the program, which means taxpayers will absorb the cost. We will be paying more not less.
[No]
We pay high enough taxes. Trash pick up is a necessary municipal service. City doesn’t pick up trash in condos. Condo Associations have to pay for their own. That seems unfair and frankly discriminatory. Condo owners pay taxes to the City.
[Yes]
Only if it means a better recycling system
[No]
People who don’t or can’t pay will either dump their trash or abuse of the city trash barrels. Instead, why not limit households to a certain volume of trash, and pay for the removal of the extra load.
[No]
Unless a reduction in taxes resulted.
[No]
Our taxes should support this city service!
[No]
The city out sourced trash pick up with the idea it would save money, Didn’t happen. Now the city is going to create a user tax for trash. Might be better if we dropped off the trash at Halsey st.
[Yes]
But let’s have some city transparency and candor into a key driver: it needs more cash to “feed the beast” and would like to transfer the $1+ Million annual cost to residents.
[No]
One more way to make living with a large family in Newport more and more unaffordable . Now add in my water bill and!!!
[No]
If we pay for garbage, our taxes should be adjusted so we are not double paying. However, I do not believe our taxes would go down. Instead we would have an additional cost.
[Yes]
Newports tax rate is so low we the citizens have been getting spoiled with all the services we get for our tax rate for years. The city can take the money they waste on garbage pick up and use it in a more resourceful place in the budget. If the point doesn’t like it to bad. Raise the rate to include garbage pick up.
[No]
I have always been glad that I don’t live in Middletown and this is one of the reasons. It should stay part of the tax structure. We have a lot of older people living in Newport and it is easier for them under the current plan. We are not Middletown.
[No]
[No]
The program does not have anything to do with Middletown or other citites, it is a was to gain more taxes. The city has not offered any tax relief for the current cost of picking up trash, which would be essentially zero, if the city then want us to pay on a per bag basis.
[No]
Newport could do A LOT MORE in terms of encouraging recycling efforts to reduce waste. First off, ALL the municipal buildings and schools should be at 100% recycling rates and they are not. Second of all, each neighborhood needs better outreach and programs to get folks actively engaged in increasing their recycling rates and reducing garbage.
Newport is a much different situation than Middletown. It’s more of a city where garbage collection has been citywide for a long time. On the other hand, Middletown has its roots as a farming community (now more suburban) and they have a history of no town wide garbage pick-up, you used to burn your trash or take it to the dump yourself. I think the socio-economic mix in Newport does not led itself to pay as you throw programs. It will adversely impact the lower income and fixed income folks.
[No]
It shifts the cost from all tax payers to residential units
By making it harder to dispose of trash it will contribute to garbage on streets and parks
[No]
If we institute pay as you throw, I would like to see a commensurate drop in taxes.
[Yes]
Love the idea; people who generate less trash should not pay for the lazy scofflaws who throw everything away. But the city needs to tell us how the money now going to Waste Mgt from our property taxes is going to be used. I don’t want to have to pay twice, once for bags and again in my property taxes. City also has to be prepared to enforce against the cheapskates who’d rather throw their trash into a commercial bin or in someone’s yard rather than buy the bags.
[No]
If this passes, will my city taxes go down?? I think that all the city and its departments do is find ways to spend more $$ and rape the taxpayers. Just like it is unconscionable for the water department to double water and sewer rates in a 2 year period. My income does not go up, so why can’t govt departments work within a restricted budget efficiently.
[No]
Trash collection is an essential city service which we pay for via our property taxes. Perhaps there are cheaper and better contractors.
[Yes]
though not sure how this would work for those of us with special condo, business, etc. pickup services.
[No]
We pay for trash removal. Would residents dump trash in public containers or just dump it, period-to avoid paying? Last thing Newport needs is more litter.
[No]
Because we such a hign unfunded liability, that we must make payment on of $1,500,000 for retirees, Newport can’t afford to do things like garbage pickup.
[No]
I am okay with it if they buy back the garbage bins I bought from themmm
[Yes]
It’s really the only way to get people to increase their recycling. But the city has to commit to there being at least some reduction in tax bills to compensate for the purchase of bags.
[Yes]
Yes but I can’t imagine how it could be implemented
[No]
Summer party houses, Salve rentals etc will not want to pay for garbage removal and so it will pile up. Also it will encourage people to use the public garbage bins on the street for their household garbage – an alternative not available to Middletown residents
[Yes]
One’s man trash is another man’s tax. I would like to pay commensurate fees for the trash I actually produce.
[Yes]
Better that than higher taxes.
[No]
Would a “pay as you throw” plan lower city taxes? It seems our taxes never go down, just up.
[No]
I don’t know details about this program.
[No]
Does not affect us – have condo private trash p-up. Had to select Y or Nin order to comment
[Yes]
Also would like to see curbside compostable food waste pickup someday…
[No]
I am adamantly opposed! The current single stream recycling and garbage removal system works very well. Don’t fix what isn’t broken please!
[No]
I like curbside pickup pay enough in taxes, start shared service with 3 counties.
[No]
Bad idea. How will this make my life better? Anyone who doesn’t want to pay is just going to leave their trash in their back yards or dump it on the street.
[No]
There is nothing wrong with our current system. If recycling is the issue, have larger bins available, the current green bins are too small.
[Yes]
Great incentive to boost recycling, as long as recyclables are not charged.
[Yes]
Yes, as long as it would result in a removal of the fees paid already for trash removal. If taxes/fees remain the same and we have to pay extra for trash bags, I’m less in favor but can understand the proposed benefits.
[No]
Not at this point, primarily because I am not aware of how much $$ Middletown has claimed to save.
[No]
Middletown Residents don’t like it
[No]
Too many renters in this town. This works fine in suburbia but not with the high turnover on all the rental properties.
[No]
Let Middletown join our program!! Their’s is a pain in the rear!
[No]
I used to live in Middletown and felt their program was very costly: annual fees for the sticker PLUS special bags. No THANKS!
[No]
Collection is included in out taxes. After they make that tax adjustment it won’t make much difference on our tax bill.
[No]
I believe we already pay for trash removal.
[No]
That is the purpose of paying taxes. To get city services.
[Yes]
Especially if it will save money and increase recycling. I don’t mind paying taxes for services but I expect to get VERY GOOD services. And, being a one person household I could make do with four bags a year. Good for me!
[No]
HELL no…..
[No]
never – dont fix what is not broke – horrible idea
[No]
Newport is considered a city and one of the perks with living in the “city” is having free garbage removal. Middletown is a town and they decided to live in a town which requires them to pay for garbage removal. You should not put Newport residents at a disadvantage because Middletown residents don’t want to pay for their garbage pick up.
[No]
I am very pleased with the traditional trash collection system.
[No]
Our taxes are high enough and they cover trash pick up – so why would one want to pay as we throw???
[No]
An other way to get more money for the pension issue. What happens to the taxes we now pay for trash pick up. Will we have to pay extra for the large item pick ups as Middletown does now?
[No]
Its another tax…..we pay for trash removal already
[No]
the garbage collection is one of the good things about living in Newport
[No]
Middletown has been unable to make it pay without raising the price every year,
[Yes]
The Middletown program is a success story. I hope thisprogram applies to all citizens in Newport including those who rent and live in public housing.
[Yes]
I am in favor of education, awareness and changing people’s behaivor and this will help to move in that direction.
[No]
Middletown residents are not very happy with their system so why do we want to do this disservice to newport residents?
[No]
Absolutely not. One of the positive aspects of living in Newport is no worry trash removal. Howington and the council keep taking conveniences away and pretty soon we’re down to Middletown’s poor level of civic amenities.
[Yes]
We need to provide incentives to increase recycling. Our family is struggling financially, but I still support this idea.
[No]
This is a terrible idea. People will quickly figure out a way to get around having to pay — eg, depositing their garbage in street bins or at shopping malls.
[Yes]
I am in favor as long as the charge provides an incentive to recycle and remains affordable. Any savings should correspond to a direct reduction in spending; don’t look to spend the savings elsewhere in the city. There should be an allowance to discard large items without charge.
[No]
For me it will not be a savings and will not change what I throw

“Green Newport” article by Lauren Carson

According to the Discover Newport website, http://www.gonewport.com/green-newport

“Green Newport is not just historic and cultural treasures …we strive to preserve, its natural treasures as well. Surrounded by and dependent on its natural resources, ‘going green’ and reducing our environmental impact only makes sense, so we applaud area hotels, inns, bed and breakfasts, businesses, boutiques attractions, restaurants, transportation modes and visitors who join our commitment to reduce, reuse and recycle. Taking a green approach is an easy and essential way to protect the places you love to visit, not just for yourself but for the travelers who come after you and for the people who will continue to live there long after you’ve gone home.”

The Newport Energy and Environment Commission (NEEC) agrees. That is why the NEEC has launched a campaign in 2012 to make Newport events sustainable. The campaign goals are embodied in their campaign mission’s statement. “To work as a community to implement sustainable practices during major events held in Newport to reduce the impact of huge numbers of visitors on our sensitive coastal community and model methods of behavior that will protect our island for decades to come. Define specifically a five year goal to require sustainable events that make Newport a desirable and exciting tourist destination, build a sustainable economy and reduce impact on our valuable island resources.”

The specific goals of the Sustainable Events Campaign are to reduce carbon emissions and increase transportations options; divert waste from the landfill, expand recycling efforts in conjunction with the City, State and private efforts; increased business recycling; educate visitors and the community about Newport’s sustainable best practices; engage the tourism and boating community in these efforts; utilize State and Municipal resources for sustainability; and involve Newport residents in the building of a sustainable economy resulting in a higher quality of life for all Newporters and our guests.

The NEEC has worked all summer to measure how sustainable Newport Events currently are, as they propose this policy. They have studied 8 events in the City and will be distributing a summary report on those activities prior to the meeting. The NEEC is also drafting voluntary sustainable protocols for Newport for 2013.

The Newport Energy and Environment (NEEC) invites ALN members and all Newporters to a Community Workshop on Thursday October 25, 2012 at the Newport Library at 6:00. The workshop will focus on the NEEC’s efforts to build sustainable event protocols for Newport events.

The October 25th meeting will include a presentation of several of the case studies, a proposal for voluntary standards, and a community discussion.

(photo courtesy of Discover Newport)

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ALN Forum; ” Switching to Single Stream Recycling” 5/15/12

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“WHERE DOES YOUR NEWPORT GARBAGE GO?”

 Switching to Single Stream Recycling

 A Public Forum sponsored by Alliance for Livable Newport and The Newport Energy & Environment Commission

The Alliance for Livable Newport will hold a Public Forum to introduce the new “single-stream” sorting and recycling system being implemented in Newport beginning in June 2012. “Single Stream” will allow households to combine their recycling into one container rather than separating it.

 The Forum will also explain how to reduce difficult items in the waste stream (such as paint, mattresses, light bulbs, batteries, etc.) and discuss new ways of sharing the burden of managing solid waste among Newport residents, the City and the producers of hard to handle waste which is filling up the Johnston landfill at increased costs to towns and municipalities.

Speakers will include:

Sarah Kite, Director of Recycling Services, Rhode Island Resource and Recovery Corp

Kristin Littlefield, Clean Cities Coordinator, City of Newport

Ellie Leonardsmith, RI Clean Water Action

Victor Bell, President, Environmental Packaging International

 

The Newport Public Library Program Room

300 Spring Street

Newport, RI 02840

Tuesday May 15, 2012 at  6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

 CONTACT:  

 Lauren Carson

 Alliance for Livable Newport

 Newport Energy and Environment Commission

 401-523-1143


Please  join us for this informative event.

Free and Open to the Public

For more information or to submit questions,  please e-mail:

Info@allianceforlivablenewport.org

Alliance for a Livable Newport             
Isabel Griffith, President 
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