Why does my barrel capacity matter?
Your collector will generally lift between 1500 to 2000 barrels (2000 to 6000 bags) during an average day. As a consequence of the repeated lifting motions involved, a natural tensioning of the back muscles occurs that make them more prone to strains . When confronted with over-sized barrels the collector is forced to either lift the container awkwardly or reach into it to remove the individual bags. Both actions have the potential to inflicted injury. If the collector lifts the barrel the incidence of back, knee and shoulder injury increases. If the collector reaches into a barrel there is the risk of being lacerated or stuck by illegally disposed of needles and syringes. “Each week in Massachusetts homes, patients use an estimated 2 million needles to inject medication to treat diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other ailments. Needles can be necessary, too, for women undergoing fertility treatments. And tens of thousands of needles deliver life-preserving drugs to ailing pets.”

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1. I just returned home to find a non-compliance warning sticker on my barrel. What is it for?
2. I have been using this barrel for a long time and have not received a warning before, why?
3. Why does my barrel capacity matter?
4. Are we really saving money by limiting trash and barrel capacities?
5. What type of barrels can I use?
6. Can my barrel have wheels?
7. Can my barrel have handles?
8. Can my barrel have a lid?
9. Can my barrel have an attached/ hinged lid?
10. Is the Town responsible for the clean-up of scattered refuse due to vermin?
11. Is the Town providing these barrels to the residents?
12. When is my trash picked up?
13. What happens if my collection day falls on a holiday?
14. Are there any restrictions on what I can put in my trash?
15. So, what do I do with items that I cannot put in my trash?
16. When is the Recycle Drop-off Center on Mt. Wayte Ave open?
17. Where do my recyclables go?
18. Why can't I recycle my used pizza boxes?
19. Where does my trash go?
20. Why do I have to put my leaves and grass in special paper bags?
21. Can I use a borrowed or rental vehicle at the Recycling Drop-off Center?
22. Where can I get biodegradable leaf bags?
23. Are there any restrictions on the amount of trash and the size of the receptacle that can be placed for weekly curbside collection?
24. When is household hazardous waste collection day held?
25. How must I bundle my brush and yard waste?
26. How do I dispose of latex paint?
27. Can I have bulky house hold items picked up curbside?
28. What can I recycle?