As Beacon increases in popularity as a tourist destination as well as a lifestyle change destination from the big city - or just by people relocating here for job opportunities - trash needs change. Two major shifts happened that triggered a metal trash can swap out on Main Street:
Overflowing Trash: Residents complaining of trash overflowing from metal trashcans on Main Street after regular weekends, 3 day holiday weekends, or weekends that have special public events.
Recycling: The crash of the recycling market, that has rocked recycling collection across every community in the United States. In short, most of the recycling isn’t getting recycled because China, who buys most of the world’s recycling, tightened its restrictions on what it will accept. Most recycling sent to China is dirty, as in, coated in food, contaminated with non-recyclable objects (like plastic bottle caps not screwed onto a bottle - who knew?!) or is wet paper (only dry, non-shredded paper is accepted - nothing smaller than 6” x 6” actually, according to Beacon’s recycling processing center).
City Council Agrees To Larger Hole At Top Of Trash Cans
The City Council, which consists of 4 representatives from each area of the City, called Council People, as well as a Member-At-Large, the Mayor, the City Administrator, and the City’s Attorney, all consider many details about how the City of Beacon functions. They even think about the design of the trash cans. At one point years ago, two holes were considered to help with trash: a small one for recycling (presumably cups and other small objects), and trash. But not too large, so as to prohibit people in nearby apartments putting their household trash into the public containers, as recalled by Mayor Casale during a City Council meeting.
Trash Cans Replaced At Not Cost To The City
During the May 29, 2018 City Council Workshop meeting during which Royal Carting, the City’s contracted trash collection company, presented their proposed budget for a new contract, Royal Carting’s presenting attorney, James Constantino, suggested to replace the cans at no cost to the City. “The designs of the cans are not accommodating or giving capacity. We have agreed with the Highway Superintendent for a new can…I can assure you the Mayor has been very clear that he wants that trash cans maintained, and doesn't want to see litter.”
Beacon’s City Administrator confirmed with A Little Beacon Blog in August 2018 that the City was moving forward with the replacement of the cans. By January 2019, the new trash cans lined Main Street.