Goodbye ‘Tags, Hello ‘Pay As You Throw’ Trash
It’s a change that been 38 years in the making. The city of Grand Rapids hopes to phase out its tags and trash bags for a more modern system aimed at reducing cost and encouraging Grand Rapids residents to recycle. On paper it makes sense. Every household will be issued a 35, 64 or 96 gallon cart. Every time you wheel it out to the curb, you will be charged $2, $4 or $6. ( by size of cart) A computerized radio chip inside the cart will ring like a cash register and you’ll be billed accordingly. The city will save about $1 million dollars by doing away with the tag and bag system and employees will not have to bend down and pick up the sometimes heavy bags.
“We’re hoping to create a strong incentive to recycle and we’re want to make sure it’s sustainable for the long term,” City Manager Greg Sundstrom said. “People will continue to be incentivized to use a smaller cart,” Sundstrom said. Unlike most private accounts, consumers will be charged only when they set out their cart.