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Malden MA

Expensive Trash Tax PAYT


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Jun 20, 2011 - Welcome to Malden, the city where you must pay $2.00 for every bag of trash you produce. We have a rather small family and we recycle, and the trash tax or PAY-AS-YOU-THROW program really adds up. We just spent $60 for blue trash bags, I sure hope they last more than a month.

Apparently on October 6, 2008, the City of Malden began this Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) Program for residents of Malden. All household trash must be disposed of in special City of Malden blue trash bags. The bags are sold at several local stores where a box of 10 33-gallon bags go for $20.

I seriously wonder if I could find a factory in China that would be willing to make replica blue trash bags with the logo and all, after all the Chinese do make some really great replica Fendi handbags. I guess I could mass-produce them and bootleg them for $1 per bag and make a little bit of money out of this scam.

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User Comments (13)

KirkM
Jul 25, 2014 4:52 pm Detail View
KirkM said: Theres less trash on the streets??? Really?? All this does is encourage people to dump their trash along the sides of the road because they dont want to pay for the bags. Others throw their trash on the side of the road in adjoining cities. Or they take their trash to work. Councillor Kinnon voted against it and said 2 years later it wasnt making nearly the money it was supposed to generate. Its a joke and should be done away with. No other city around the Boston area has this stupid program. Everett rewards you with coupons for recycling more. You catch alot more flies with honey than with vinegar.
kyrias
Nov 3, 2011 1:50 pm Detail View
kyrias said: Obviously the solution is either cloth diapers, recycling more elsewhere, or just becoming resigned to the fact that kids are expensive. For the record, I live with 6 other housemates and a cat and we use about two large trashbags a week. How you are using up "a couple" is unreal.
Joeygoat
Jul 10, 2011 8:34 pm Detail View
Joeygoat said: Does the Mayor's Uncle OWN the trash bag company? This sounds like a scam to me. It will only result in a dirtier city, in the long run. My Aunt owned a business in Malden, MA for decades. Not only did she pay taxes on her business, but also on her home. She contributed a TON of money to the City, and now as a senior citizen, why should she pay for trash bags? Does Melrose or Chelsea do this? NO
User5941
Jun 25, 2011 12:29 pm Detail View
User5941 said: A program that encourages people to recycle more and throw away less is a smarter idea. Malden would be better off getting rid of PAYT. For anyone who thinks PAYT doesn't make sense, check out David D'Arcangelo's campaign for City Councilor at large. He wants to get rid of PAYT and give us locals more say in how Malden is run.
town resident
Jun 22, 2011 6:50 pm Detail View
town resident said: The streets in my neighborhood are MUCH improved since Malden implemented the trash bags.... no longer as much trash strewn all over the street -- it has been a big improvement. Yes to the trash bags.
alcinoe
Jun 22, 2011 6:42 pm Detail View
alcinoe said: I have a family of four with a dog and cat. We use less than a 33 gallon bag a week. Seriously, you are obviously not recycling enough.
life long resident
Jun 22, 2011 5:35 pm Detail View
life long resident said: RE: the trash,
Not to mention the unecessary costs of all the separate trucks this city needs to come pick up the different bags----unreal. I don't recognize this city anymore!
malden mama
Jun 22, 2011 1:55 pm Detail View
malden mama said: On one hand I agree with you, it is not fair to a young family like mine who produces one bag of trash a week in diapers alone. I know, that's gross, I hate it. We recycle every single thing we can and still have a couple bags of trash a week. It is great that this program encourages recycling because for some reason a lot of people just can't be bothered to throw some things in a separate container, lazy jerks. Malden should have recycling rewards like Revere instead. My parents live in Revere and they were given, yes given for free (gasp), a huge recycle bin and they can register and receive rewards for recycling through the mail. At the very least they should offer breaks for people who have little kids and recycle.
User5625
Jun 22, 2011 9:11 am Detail View
User5625 said: They do sell smaller bags for $10.00 a box. It would be nice if they gave us larger bins to accomodate the overflow of recycling materials like Everett does.
Jun 22, 6:43 pm
alcinoe replied to User5625 : They do have large recycling bins, they are really big.
Jul 10, 8:35 pm
Joeygoat replied to User5625 : Some THUG stole our plastic bins the first night we put them out.
User5560
Jun 21, 2011 1:01 pm Detail View
User5560 said: I think the tax on trash is a good thing it has Reduces trash and encourages recyling.

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Malden MA

Malden is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. The population is around 59,450 and in 2009 Malden was ranked as the "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" by Bloomberg Business week Magazine

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