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Casella Waste Systems Acquires Assets from Republic Services

Republic Services changes its name Tuesday as it becomes part of Casella Waste Systems Inc.

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Pittsfield To Re-examine Downtown Parking Meters

A petition against putting parking meters in the new Columbus Avenue surface lot could trigger a full re-examination of the parking program. Berkshire Nautilus Owner Jim Ramondetta submitted a petition with some 800 signatures of people opposing putting parking meters in the new lot. Ramondetta claims the city had not kept him informed of the move and that meters would hinder his business. He's righting back, calling for 90-minute parking, like he has now, instead.

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Williamstown Elementary Pupils Given Reusable Water Bottles

Williamstown Elementary School pupils learned Friday about where their tap water comes from and where their plastic water bottles go.

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Pittsfield's Latest Trash Proposal Heads to Full Council

The trash talk is expected to return to the City Council. On Monday the Ordinance and Rules Committee completed a massive review of the city's trash collection ordinance. The new proposal would limit the amount of trash a resident can throw away to 64 gallons per week. However, the committee was unable to determine a method of enforcing such rule.

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Latest Proposal Calls For Pittsfield to Limit Trash to 64 Gallons

The Ordinance and Rules Committee continued its review of the trash ordinance Monday night and the newest amendments would restrict residents to 64 gallons of trash per week.

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Williamstown Officials Confront Issues Related to Off-Campus Parties

In response to reports by a local resident about past issues related to the event, board members Jane Patton and Andrew Hogeland voted against authorizing the closure.

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Pittsfield Continues to Stumble Over Trash Ordinance

Box, bundle, barrel, bag, whatever, just keep it orderly. That's what Ward 3 City Council Nicholas Caccamo is now proposing for a trash ordinance after re-writing the existing laws from top to bottom looking to focus only on health and aesthetics. His new version does not include any limits on the amount of trash nor does it require a toter or special bags after both had been harshly opposed by residents.

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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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