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Opinion: 2 major problems with new IVGID trash policy

Editor’s note

A portion of this letter discusses the possibility of allowing residents to bring additional trash to the transfer station without charge. Per the new contract, according to IVGID, “customers can upsize their trash service, call for a one-time extra pick up, or self-haul to the transfer station. Customers receive access to the transfer station for 4 loads annually, up to 3 cubic yards per load, at no additional cost. Visit bit.ly/1SGvarI to learn more and read FAQs about IVGID’s new solid waste services and contract with Waste Management.

I certainly applaud improving the trash situation in Incline Village, as bear problems are directly related to improper trash storage. That said, I see two major problems with the new IVGID trash policy.

Many residents do not have room in their garages for two 64-gallon bins, and many houses have no garage at all. These bins will have to be stored outside, on the driveway. These bins will attract bears even though they are empty, as bears have an extremely strong sense of smell, and the bins will have residual odor.

Bins stored outside will be an eyesore. A 32-gallon bin would fit in my garage, but they are not going to be available until 2017.

IVGID is now going to charge for trash over your “allotment” and will now monitor any trash brought to the transfer station.

I expressed my concerns to IVGID management and the Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees. I got an email back from a low level manager basically saying the policy was the policy.

It now appears Waste Management is going to do the billing, as apparently the new system is too complicated for IVGID.

I have always been very careful with my trash and I want to continue to do so. IVGID should make it easy to be bear safe. A few relatively small changes would help the situation.

First, make the 32-gallon bins available immediately. Second, charge the 32 bin residents the 64-gallon rate, yes only 30 cents more, and allow them to bring addition trash to the transfer station if needed without charge.

I suspect many residents will be surprised and unhappy when two large 64-gallon bins show up at their residence. IVGID would eliminate this problem if they make the small changes recommended.

Patrick McBurnett

Incline Village