Plantation Revises Garbage Bag System
City officials, after a lengthy discussion on Wednesday, approved selling the $1.60 bags in packs of 10, with three large recycling bags at 15 cents each. The total package, with enough bags to last an replica watches average family about a month, would cost $16.45.
City special projects coordinator Paul T. DeBernardo had proposed including four large recycling bags, but Council member Ralph D. Merritt III said two or three bigger bags was plenty.
Council member Lawrence K. Freilich proposed leaving recycling bags out altogether, so as not to force extra bags on those who don’t recycle.
DeBernardo explained the reason blue city garbage bags are more expensive is to cover the $30,000 per month cost of garbage pickup in Plantation. Even if someone doesn’t recycle, it still costs money to drive down their street and check for bags. And charging for recycling bags defrays some of that cost, he added.
The blue bags now come in boxes of 18, with four small recycling bags. The boxes cost $29.20 at Albertsons, Winn Dixie and Publix grocery stores. Many homeowners complain about the $30 price, others say there aren’t enough recycling bags in the boxes.
Some residents, frustrated that the replica watches current b replica watches ags don’t hold very much and unwilling to buy another box of bags, simply toss their recyclables away, DeBernardo said. “You put one or two milk containers in there, it’s all filled up.”Some tuck recyclables into opaque plastic shopping bags, which Southern Sanitation crews won’t pick up.
The new recycling bags will hold about 22 gallons, or about 2 1/2 times what the current wastepaper basket sized bags hold.
The new packages will come in sealed plastic baggies, because people were pilfering bags from the cardboard boxes in the store, said Dennis Urbanski, division president and general manager of Southern Sanitation Service.
Blue city garbage bags cost more than regular garbage bags because they include the cost of pickup from Southern Sanitation. The theory is this: The more garbage your family produces, the more you pay for garbage pickup.
Those who want to recycle further will be able to buy more recycling bags in packages of 40 small sized or 30 large sized, for about $4 a package.
Recycling saves residents money, because “it’s a lot less expensive to us replica watches e those 10 cent bags than those blue bags,” said Council member Rae Carole Armstrong. The long term benefits far outweigh the costs, she added.
Plantation has used the city garbage bag system for more than 25 years, because it avoids the need for garbage cans that could clutter the street. Council member Jerry Fadgen noted that the small bags were more than adequate for his family.