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City Councilman: Trash Bins Come with a Price

City Council Vice President Michael Farina said the city's new trash contract comes with bigger bins — and a price for taxpayers.

Cranston City Council Vice President Michael Farina wrote the following. We're posting it in its entirety:

New automated trash pickup is coming to Cranston. It is a needed and welcome change that as a Cranston resident I appreciate. I am glad that this got done in 2014. 

There is however one issue that as a taxpayer I have a problem with. Mayor Fung and his administration have negotiated and approved a waste management contract that limits the amount of trash that will be picked up per household and the limit is one 65 gallon trash bin per household. A resident can purchase another trash bin at an additional cost of $150 per year. Without paying this fee no additional trash will be removed from a residence. 

This hidden cost associated with the new program has created a use tax for trash. Will the 65 gallon trash bin be enough for a household? Do people have more trash than the 65 gallon bin will allot for? No evidence has been presented to the people to show that the new 65 gallons is enough. No one has said how many of the residents will be affected by having to pay this new fee. The City Council did not have to approve the contract and had no input in the negotiations or the approval of the contract. 

Cranston is a bedroom community with a large population of nuclear families and their purse strings may need to be tightened due to the change and the citizens are the ones taking the risk. In Warwick trash bins are 90 gallons, they did not default to the smaller size and share a similarity in population density as Cranston. The city had the opportunity to get larger bins during contract negotiations but the Mayor and his staff went with 65 gallon bins on a judgment call and choose to pass any additional cost on to the taxpayer. 

Now the taxpayers in Cranston will have to come up with another $150 per year on top of already high taxes in Cranston. Cranston should have gone with larger bins or provided its citizens and the City Council with proof that the 65 gallon bin was sufficient. So as you read articles that herald Mayor Fung and his administration for getting new trash bins in Cranston know that they have created a new trash use tax and the citizens will pay the price.

Michael Farina is the Cranston City Council Vice President and represents the city as an at-large or citywide council person. 

Full details on the new city waste contract: 

New Waste Contract Will Save City $200,000

and

65 Gallon Bins, Automated Trash Trucks Coming This Summer

Elana Carello February 28, 2014 at 03:50 PM
John Marsden, I'm so glad you brought that up. I am not a Republican nor am I a disciple of anything or anyone. Only of common sense.
my world February 28, 2014 at 06:05 PM
talk talk talk that's all its political bullshi%t saving the town money saving the citizens of Cranston money, and all the while it cost you money you cannot force people to anything that does not benefit the the person or family your taxes will still go up what would personaly make me want to recycle if my taxes are still going to go up nothing that's what. the central landfill is doing very well .
10speed February 28, 2014 at 08:03 PM
@my world ...to make your statement easier to read please use some periods commas, question marks etc. To expand on your statement, your utilities, groceries, gas labor rates and other hidden costs to run a business, and running a business is what the city does .. all are going to go up no matter what. Until you grasp the concept of recycling or conserving or anything related to these things you will obviously never know what is happening to your world. Try the recycling for a while and shortly it becomes second nature. And before you go spouting about and screaming about things of which you know little .. please read up on these obtuse things that do not suit you. Better yet try to comprehend those things that you read. All things that you also read in the papers are sometimes one-sided. In other words take into account ALL the facts both pro and con. Once you do that with authority then maybe you can get your point across with conviction.
mrfixit February 28, 2014 at 08:05 PM
u think we have a rat problem now. wait till all the bins are filled
my world February 28, 2014 at 08:20 PM
ahh 10 speed if I cannot profit from it then I am not . interested in it and remember keep on rockin in the free world .
my world February 28, 2014 at 08:22 PM
as i comingle my trash together .
my world February 28, 2014 at 08:32 PM
AND in my world i am king and i rule all i survey to do as i please ! to slaughter corporation brainwashed sheep and not to bow down to any pressures of life. with your sorted out trash for easy processing like human garbage
10speed February 28, 2014 at 10:11 PM
@ my world ... and it's "perfect" people like you who contribute to the trashy look of Cranston and surrounding cities.Syria is calling you ... just a perfect place for you.
10speed February 28, 2014 at 10:14 PM
@ my world.. your attitude stinks like the garbage you co-mingle. Don't lift a finger to make this a better cleaner place to live. Look around you at Cranston and Providence and observe the run down appearance of 85% of the homes street after street. How shameful.
10speed February 28, 2014 at 10:16 PM
Take the initiative and have some pride in the city in which you live or even better start with your own street or neighborhood. Your attitude just sucks @ my world.......... my world indeed!
10speed February 28, 2014 at 10:21 PM
@ Anthony Minuteelli... so, do you have a better solution?? At least the bins will be in use .... one trash bin at a time and before you know it you won't be able to fill them fast enough. For cripsakes people do something for yourselves for a change.
10speed February 28, 2014 at 10:30 PM
@ Janice R ... Did you not read what the 3 bins are used for? Do you not have a phone to call the company that picks up the bins? Oh my why not. Oh, maybe they are for Christmas decorations, huh. If the black one is used for garbage then the other two are for, let's say, green waste ( green bin), sooooo, the other color could be for paper products and glass and plastic .. do you think. The attitude in Cranston is 'why should I lift a finger to do anything to make the city look better. ... just throw it on the curb and hope the trash guy will pick up all your sh**. Just figure it out. If the driver of the trash truck had to stop at every other house to pick up everything by hand what do you think your trash bill is gonna be? Will it be higher than it is now .... of course it will...duh.
my world February 28, 2014 at 11:21 PM
10speed you need to go back to basics. I will say it one more time and I promise I will not use any fancy talk, its all about MONEY$$$ I DO NOT KNOW OF ANYONE who is not motivated by money, if we can profit from it personaly then maybe the city will be sparkly clean and everything will nice nice in 10speed land
my world February 28, 2014 at 11:27 PM
oh yea I almost forgot why don't you start the show by starting with the banks that forclosed on property that's run down all over the city. clean that up first then maybe we can work on my co-mingling problem seems fair to me,
Nick Lima March 01, 2014 at 03:05 AM
I'm perplexed by this... if the city instead had negotiated for 90-gallon bins, would the argument then be that they should have been 115 gallon-sized, because 90 is too small? Six people live in three units where I am and, combined - recycling included - we don't produce that much rubbish in 2 weeks, never mind one week. I don't think most households are throwing away dumpster-fulls of garbage every week, and if they are, they likely have a dumpster and/or aren't a typical household. Is the message here that we should be encouraging residents to produce higher volumes of trash by providing massive containers? Anyway, I'm fairly certain that the vast majority of communities in our region have a limit of 64 (or 65?) gallons of trash. I recall reading recently that 90 percent of communities next door in Massachusetts subscribe to the 64-gallon limit. It's not absurd or out-of-the-ordinary by any stretch, as the Council Vice President's statement above suggests. I know I will not have to pay this "hidden $150 cost" to acquire a whopping 130 gallons of weekly garbage capacity - and I doubt the vast majority of taxpayers will have to, either, as the Councilman's letter seems to misleadingly insinuate.
Mario Acetp March 01, 2014 at 07:31 AM
This a a great new program however any tine you have a fee increase it is a tax and we do not need more taxes. Every week I fill a 65 gallon bin, 2 30 gallon trash barrels, a blue recycling bin and a green paper / cardboard bin. The 2 new bins would not be enough. It is also about choice. There are 3 sizes available. They are 30, 65, or 95. Most families could and would be fine with 2 95 gallon bins. Smaller families would be fine with the 30 gallon bins. To ask taxpayers to pay more for an extra bin in not fair. WE CAN DO BETTER!
John Marsden March 01, 2014 at 09:09 AM
Nick Lima, head of the Republican Party in Cranston thank you for your obviously biased opinion as your boss Mayor Fung is the architect of this what did he call his flock of seagulls to comment on this.
Jacob Domenic March 01, 2014 at 09:53 AM
Give the trash program a chance
Jacob Domenic March 01, 2014 at 10:13 AM
Reality check- think about the average households garbage for a 65 gallon container and recyclables in a 35 gallon container. If most households have garbage disposals in their sinks it means that all food waste will go down the drain, certain foods that should not go down the drain will go in garbage bags. Look in your garbage container that is in your home right now, are there papers in it, are there plastics in it? There is a list put out by Waste Management of all recycling materials, if you pull all of these items out of your in -house garbage container right now, how much garbage do you actually have left? Maybe just maybe if we all went by the book the size of the containers will work out just fine. Like everything else in our lives let it work itself out.
Mike Farina March 01, 2014 at 11:06 AM
As elected officials Mario and I have to ensure we treat all Taxpayers the same. We can't let it work itself out we need to ensure that everything is done to protect all the citizens of Cranston to ECG Mario's sentiment they could have done better
Chris12 March 01, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Mike/Mario- We taxpayers have been used, abused, and have had our faces rubbed in it for decades. Please don't underestimate our ability to "figger"out how to fit the trash and recyclables in the new bins. 95% will do fine. 5% will not. Focus on the 5% with all the problems. I need to bring up another ordinance that has been getting a lot of nasty attention lately. Overnight parking. Are you taking the time to treat all taxpayers the same?
rusty March 02, 2014 at 03:29 PM
What about the items you accumulate, for example, when you do-it-yourself repairs in the house and need to throw out waste like old bathroom fixtures, curtain rods, or disposing of broken furniture, vacuums, lamps, water base paint etc. etc. I don't think those items will fit in that bin. I guess we will be finding more items like this along our freeways and in isolated areas in Cranston because no one is going to want to pay an additional price. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of bins; however, I don’t like the idea that this issue was not addressed to the residents of Cranston before being put in place so questions like I am asking can be answered. P.S. I also suggest they give each resident of Cranston a separate bin at no charge to put the dead rats in that have infested our community. I am still waiting for the so called rat patrol to visit me and ask for my ideas. Rats you say, yes folks, there is still a rat problem in Cranston more so than ever before; just wait until spring comes…no bin whatsoever size will take care of that problem.
my world March 02, 2014 at 03:39 PM
tell it like it is. very good point rusty.
rusty March 02, 2014 at 03:47 PM
One more point regarding the rat issue, Ask the Mayor did he actually add more employees to control the rat situation in the past 8 months and if so ask him how many he added and how many he laid off and how many remain as of this date.
my world March 02, 2014 at 03:56 PM
And to address the ratt problem. the city of Cranston has contracted along with Johnston to hire the pied piper, BUT MAKE SURE THAT THE CHECK CLEARS or the rats will return.
Bob March 02, 2014 at 05:15 PM
I still have not received my answer....what bin do we put the Politicians in ???
my world March 02, 2014 at 06:24 PM
hey rusty hey bob we already know what needs to be done, you hem up the whole system until there's no choice but to clean house ,
10speed March 02, 2014 at 07:26 PM
@ My world ... agree with you on Feb 28 about the banks ... seems as if there is no regulation. Need a crackdown here. About the co-mingling... think about it, if you have to pay bucks up front for the bin for a year why not use it to your full advantage. Recycling different kinds of waste is never going to be economical. It has proved expensive for those states that do recycling but it a necessity. You do understand recycling certain products don't you? Just sayin'.
10speed March 02, 2014 at 07:41 PM
@ rusty... Most if not all waste management companies have programs already under the recycle program where, if you call their number they will come out on certain days of the week ( or maybe just once per year) to pick your bulk items ie... wood scraps, water heaters, pool heaters, couches, other furniture ... just anything you can think of. Paint and other hazardous products have to be taken by you to a special place. These items require special handling. You may be limited on the amount of certain items though. And too, this services for bulk items is usually free and all you have to do is call their number. Items like these have to be brought to the curb in most places as they will not come onto your property and all loose items have to be tied into bundles so that they can be handled and loaded into the truck with a minimum of work. Recycling is easy if you know the standards of the system.
my world March 03, 2014 at 05:29 AM
10speed I have more knowledge on recycling then you would care to know, from when its picked up curbside all the way to the landfill or local recycling companies in the state . talk about real recycling cardboard wood metals. your kind of recycling is more along the trash basicly whats left over from the real recycling that's being done but tipping fees are getting higher and that means you need more cover material at the landfill but the cost has to be passed down to someone and we all know who that someone is tax payers. and if the trash pickup date is delayed you still have the same problem overloaded trash barrels with shit still all over the ground backlogging the trash route I could go on and on but maybe another day,

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