Chicopee’s trash program not a ‘hit’ with some residents

Hampden County

Chicopee’s new waste removal program aims to reduce trash, but some residents claim it’s reducing their cash instead.

The program was started about 15 months ago and some residents are unhappy. A senior citizen, living on a fixed income, told 22News the price for overflow bags can be expensive, which cost about around $2 per bag.

22News spoke with Benjamin Strepka, assistant to Chicopee’s Department of Public Works Superintendent, about residents concerns.

“There are some tough situations, like that, but really at the end of the day, you have to look at what you’re throwing away,” Strepka said.

The program also encourages more recycling. 

Residents can no longer throw out unlimited amounts of trash, for free. Anything over 35 gallons, a week, will cost you. Chicopee created a new trash program because the city’s landfill is almost at capacity, which is expected to close at the end of the year.

Strepka said the city has noticed people from other communities, with stricter trash policies, purchasing yellow bags to dump their trash in Chicopee. 

Once the landfill closes, at the end of the year, the city will start shipping its trash out of town, which is expected to cost twice as much. 

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