The City’s franchise agreement allows Rogue Disposal to charge for the material they collect. The City cannot require them to provide a service at less than their cost. Ultimately Rogue Disposal cannot influence how much waste its customers generate, nor do they control what can be recycled. They are simply collectors of your discarded materials, which include both garbage and recyclables.
Are you thinking you will need a larger solid waste cart? Rogue Disposal has been recommending a “wait and see” approach to determine exactly what size solid waste cart you will need. Remember your garbage is collected weekly, commingle only twice a month. You may want to give it a few weeks to see where you are at.
Some people choose to employ waste prevention techniques to make less garbage to help keep costs down, some don’t. It’s totally a personal choice. There are lots of tips on the internet. Here are just a few ways to minimize the amount of garbage in your cart:
Flatten your cereal and cracker boxes to take up less space in your garbage cart.
Shop in bulk to reduce packaging you bring into your home.
You can also limit the junk mail sent to your home, go to www.catalogchoice.org and check the catalogs you want to receive. To receive less commercial advertising mail, you can register for Direct Marketing Association’s Mail Preference Service, which allows you to “opt out” of national mailing lists: www.dmachoice.org
Nest any tub plastics together and smash any plastic bottles to take up less space. Look for less bulky packaging with shopping.
Remember you can also take many and plastic bottles to a bottle return and get your dimes back! Every single-serve beverage in a sealed metal, glass or plastic bottle, from 4 ounces to 1.5 liters now has a 10 cent deposit, with the exception of wine, liquor, and milk. Soda and water bottles up to 3 liters. Think energy drinks, iced coffees, teas, and tomato juice. There is a Bottle Drop return center in Medford.