Update from Mayor Tyer on the City of Pittsfield’s Toter Proposal
In the wake of spirited community conversations on the proposed toter plan, there have been many questions as to next steps and the future of the plan. It is first important to know that over the course of 18 months, city staff engaged in a rigorous review, analysis, preparation and outreach toward the development of this plan. As we’ve publicly stated, the proposal sought to modernize Pittsfield’s trash removal services through automation and city-issued toters, a 45-gallon for trash and 96-gallon for single-stream recycling. We believed that benefits included, but were not limited to, cost savings, enhanced efficiency and a boost to our community’s recycling practices.
While our belief has not wavered in the plan’s potential for the city’s enrichment, we also understand that many still have unresolved questions and concerns about the plan and its impact on the community. We recognize that the success of a program such as this greatly benefits from the understanding, support and trust of those it will most impact.
In recognition of these perspectives, and after much consideration and review, the City of Pittsfield will not be moving forward with this initiative. We extend a heartfelt thank you to the citizens of Pittsfield for their robust engagement and participation in the discussions surrounding this plan. The City remains committed to the reduction of solid waste and increased recycling as an important long-term goal. Looking ahead, we will continue to seek ways to enrich and advance our city together.