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Letter on Proposed Changes to Recycling Program

letter-to-the-editorThis is a Letter to the Editor from Mark Lewis.

My wife and I are senior citizens. I place my recyclables in a garbage can that I keep in my garage. On recycling day I put out my newspapers at the curb but put my garbage can of recyclables just outside of my garage where the garbage men drive to and pick it up. I am currently having problems walking and my wife is unable to take the recyclables can out to the curb. She also cannot take the newspapers out to the curb and would have to leave them in front of the garage to be picked up when I undergo an operation at the end of March and go into rehab in April. This new regulation discriminates against the handicapped and elderly of this community and is a further indication that you want to push elderly residents out of their homes in Scarsdale.

We pay a good bit in taxes and expect commensurate services. Additionally, it is unclear how much the village would save by requiring recyclables to be taken all the way to the curb. If you push this through I would have to go to the the County Office of People With Disabilities, Office of Advocacy and Community Services, and/or the Human Rights Commission and file a complaint against Scarsdale for discrimination against the elderly.

Mark Lewis

98 Brewster Road

Scarsdale, N.Y. 

914-400-6800 

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#10 Greenacres Resident 2018-01-23 20:25
How is it that everyone on the comments seems to feel that requiring curbside pickup is a bad idea, but the Village says that it has support for it? Let's hear some of the supporters try to defend their positions. Is it the cost (which should be minimal)?
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#9 Solution 2018-01-22 00:04
Am I not understanding? The Village wants more frequent pickup to improve, or because they think it's going to improve recycle rates but seeks to accomplish this through the trade off for being unwilling to now go to the garage for its more frequent pick up??!

If recycling rates aren't being maximized because people's cans fill faster than every 2 weeks, the solution is for them to devote more cans/buy larger cans to hold such waste for its current bimonthly pickup at the garage, not curb.

This solution addresses all the needs of the elderly and the sanitation department for greater recycling rates!
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#8 Alternatives 2018-01-19 21:32
I think it could be even easier ! On the new, additional day of pickup, if the can is not at the curb the crew moves on. On the normal day of pickup, if the can is not on the curb the crew picks it up in the backyard. No one loses. The value could be measured remotely by the increased volume of recyclables. Agree that success will depend on the honor system. There is no need to ask the elderly or infirm to drag heavy cans to the curb.

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I would love to be able to put out recycling each week. I tend to have more cans/bottles than real garbage. I would be more than happy to haul my cans to the curb. However, I can see how this might pose difficulties for some residents. Perhaps the village can issue some colored yard flags to people who need sanitation to go to the back of these houses. If people do not abuse the process then it should work out for all of us.
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#7 More Alternatives 2018-01-19 12:28
I would love to be able to put out recycling each week. I tend to have more cans/bottles than real garbage. I would be more than happy to haul my cans to the curb. However, I can see how this might pose difficulties for some residents. Perhaps the village can issue some colored yard flags to people who need sanitation to go to the back of these houses. If people do not abuse the process then it should work out for all of us.
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#6 GA Resident 2018-01-19 11:31
Hard to have a discussion without understanding the financial impact of the changes. How much would it cost to add these programs and continue picking up at the garage? Would it be $50 per year or $500 per year for each household? Maybe the town would support a very minor increase in taxes for these new services instead of the proposed trade off.

It would also be interesting to see if the village would save any money by completely outsourcing garbage and/or recycling to a third party. I think other towns hire companies like Waste Management etc to do these types of things.
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#5 Resident 2018-01-18 23:59
I would hope that someone with a mobility issue could always call and have their recycling picked up at the house. I would hope that they could accommodate you to pick up the paper that way as well.
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#4 Martita 2018-01-18 21:10
What about those of us with gravel driveways? Very hard to roll anything on those and take out to curb? What about in the winter with the snow everywhere? And I 100% agree about the elderly not being considered here. Or people with disabilities or who are ill. Voluntarily taking it the curb is a great idea.
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#3 Greenacres 2018-01-18 18:41
I agree 100 percent. I don't think the residents of our village understand that we will be losing services. I don't mean to sound classist, but we live in one of the most affluent communities in the state, if not the country. The village should be providing more services, not less.
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#2 Alternatives 2018-01-18 18:34
Why not start with voluntary curbside placement ? With the right communication I think the majority of us that are able would bring recyclables to the curb. I've been doing it for years as a courtesy since I often have cars in my driveway, We could realize the majority of the conservation benefit without giving people like Mr. Lewis an otherwise avoidable hardship.
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#1 Empathetic 2018-01-18 16:55
Good letter Mark. There needs to be data about what demand there is for these changes.
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