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Pittsfield Seeks to Increase Recycling, Trash Hauler Responds to Complaints

Just before the start of Third Thursday a city truck rolled onto North Street loaded with recycling bins. It was a new addition to the event and it is part of the city's new focus on increasing recycling. In the wake of the City Council rejecting Mayor Linda Tyer's plan to switch to a toter plan for residential trash pick up - a move eyed to dramatically increase recycling and the cost the city pays to collect and dispose of refuse - a number of people are now increasing its own recycling ef

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Pittsfield Councilors Told Trash Hauler Started Enforcement On Its Own

The mayor says the city's trash hauler went rouge by halting trash pickup in some cases and placing violation stickers on bins and bag throughout the city. Recently, Republic Services, the city's trash hauler, began what city hall is calling "soft enforcement" of the city's current trash ordinances. The workers started placing violation stickers on resident's trash bins if they did not comply with the standards and in some cases refused to collect trash or recycling because of the non-complia

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Pittsfield Health Board Asked to Ease Tobacco Retailer Certification

David Bertolozzi has managed a gas station and convenience store for 27 years and hasn't been cited for a tobacco violation. But yet, every three years he has to pay the Tri-Town Health Department $25 to watch a lengthy video, which features information such as the anatomy of a cigarette, to be certified. All clerks are required to take the certification exam every three years.

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New Trash Pickup Plan Heads to Pittsfield City Council

A proposal to change the way residential trash is collected is heading to the City Council. The Resource and Recovery Committee on Wednesday passed a favorable recommendation on Ward 3 Councilor Nicholas Caccamo's petition to switch to a totter system. The committee's plan is to give all households a 35-gallon tote for trash and as much as a 95-gallon tote for recycling. Those totes will then allow Republic Services to switch to automated trash pickup.

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