NORWALK, Conn. – A deal to have City Carting do Norwalk’s first bulky waste pickups since 2008 will be discussed Tuesday at the Common Council’s Public Works Committee meeting.
The reinstitution of bulky waste pickups in the Fourth Taxing District would be paid for by a special appropriation of not more than $46,750, contingent on Board of Estimate and Taxation (BET) approval, according to the agenda for the meeting. The pickups are likely to mean less illegal dumping, a letter from Department of Public Works Director Hal Alvord to the committee says.
City Carting has agreed to run a bulky waste pickup program identical to that done in 2007 and 2008 by city employees, Alvord wrote.
Everyone in the Fourth Taxing District – Norwalkers who get city garbage pickup – would be able to put mattresses, furniture, appliances, electronics and other bulky items out by the curb. This would be done on a succession of Saturdays, starting with a Saturday for people with Monday trash pickup. The following Saturday would be for people with a Tuesday trash pickup; the following Saturday would be for Wednesday pickup people, and so on.
Vehicles, hazardous waste and yard debris would not be included.
“In 2009, when the program was eliminated for budgetary reasons, illegal dumping expanded back to pre-program levels,” Alvord wrote. “The implementation of an Ordinance Enforcement Officer has had some impact on exceptional cases of illegal dumping. A bulky waste collection program can have a much broader impact by eliminating the temptation to dump illegally solely because there is no low-cost or convenient alternative.”
An average 17.5 tons was collected each Saturday in 2008, Alvord wrote. It’s likely to be more now given that some people have been holding on to things for six years, he wrote.
If city employees did it under the terms of their previous contract, it would cost the city $53,922, Alvord wrote. City Carting has agreed to execute bulky waste pickups in the manner described annually for $36,750 plus $70 a ton, not to exceed 100 tons, for a total $46,750, Alvord wrote.