The North End's vomit trail

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports one of the trash haulers that services neighborhood businesses seems to have a bit of a containment problem, turning Salem Street into a foul-smelling open-air vomitorium:

The whole street smells like a garbage dump all the time now. You can’t walk down the street at any time of day or day of the week, without getting assaulted by this horrible, horrible smell at several spots.

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Lots of complaining....here are some solutions.

1) For trash, a neighborhood this dense should adopt European-style "shared" containers that are picked up by the city or a vendor. But I'm sure everyone would complain about losing parking spaces, and nobody would want to have the containers in front of their building, etc.

2) Since today's complaint is specifically about organic waste, how about requiring separate compost pickup? If restaurants are throwing out food waste in regular trash, it's going to get crushed in the truck and leak into the street. The types of trucks that are often used for compost pickup* are specifically designed not to leak. And, the food waste gets turned into compost rather than wasting landfill space.

There, I just solved all your problems.

*See http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8300/7754678620_8608...

Externalities

On the one hand, it addresses the immediate problem of the streets being filthy. OTOH, it makes keeping the waste inside the garbage trucks an externality for company who are supposed to be dealing with this.

Why bother spending time or money to do your job correctly when you can half-ass it for a while and get the neighbors to do it for you?

Five bucks says it's JRM

Five bucks says it's JRM Hauling. Arlington switched to them for residential trash a year or two ago and the streets are strewn with trash every week after they come by ("fortunately", it's usually "only" paper and plastic). Don't know what sort of special mojo Waste Management had to actually get the garbage *into* the garbage truck, but the JRM collectors seemed to have skipped that particular training session.