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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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Pittsfield Council Grants $562K to Help Covanta Stay Open

Covanta is expected to remain open now that the City Council has granted the waste to energy facility $562,000 to help with capital repairs. The council on Tuesday approved the expenditure from the Pittsfield Economic Development Fund, which was created in part of the settlement with General Electric years ago, to help the company replace a boiler, and comply with state regulations to enclose the area recyclables are sorted. The money is part of what officials called a "three-legged stool" wi

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Pittsfield Weighing All Aspects of Trash Collection

The group looking at a possible overhaul of the city's trash collection is putting nearly everything on the table. The Resource Recovery Committee met for its second thing this month in its ongoing look into changing the way the trash system operates. Currently, the city has a curbside pick up model in which Republic Services collects all of the trash and brings it to Covanta, where it is burned to make energy to sell to Crane & Co. The recycling is transported from Covanta to a recycler who

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